We had an ice storm here today and with any type of cold weather event, I think soup. One of my all time favorites is French Onion Soup. All that flavorful broth, soft onions, crunchy bread and melted cheese just leaves me one happy camper. I had this bowl with a little glass of sweet wine. Boy, it hit the spot!
French Onion Soup
2 Tablespoons butter
2 cups thinly sliced yellow onions (2 large)
4 cups beef broth
2 Tablespoons dry sherry or dry white wine (optional)
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
Dash black pepper
6 slices French bread
1 cup shredded swiss, Gruyere, or Jarlsburg cheese
In a large pot, melt butter. Add onions, breaking them into rings. Cover and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes, stirring as needed. Onions should be tender and golden. Stir in broth, sherry, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Bring to boil then reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for 10 minutes.
Pour soup into oven proof bowls. Add one piece of French bread on top of soup, sprinkle with cheese. Set oven to broil and place bowls onto a cookie sheet. Broil until cheese is golden brown and melted. Serve.
"The word soupe, is French, but extremely bourgeois; it is well to serve potage and not soupe."
-Dictionnaire de Trévoux (18th Century)
"I live on good soup, not on fine words."