Friday, January 2, 2009

The Best French Onion Soup

One of the things I truly love about winter and the holidays is making and eating French Onion Soup. It is a tradition I am eager to establish in my home for Christmas Eve or even Christmas Day. It's so easy to make and the flavors are rich and satisfying. I've come across many recipes for this classic, but never one that outdid this recipe. Enjoy!

French Onion Soup

2 tablespoons butter
2 to 3 cups thinly sliced yellow onions
4 cups beef broth
2 tablespoons dry sherry (cooking sherry works fine) or dry white wine (optional)
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Black pepper, to taste
6 slice of French bread, toasted if desired
1 cup shredded Swiss or Gruyere cheese

In a large saucepan melt butter then add onions. Cook over medium-low heat for about 10 minutes, stirring as needed until golden brown and tender. Stir in broth, sherry, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Bring to boil then reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes, covered.

Once done, ladle soup into oven proof bowls and top with bread and sprinkle with cheese. Broil on high until cheese melts and turns light brown. Serve.

Note: This recipe serves 4-6. Can be easily doubled. From Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book.

"The best kind of onion soup is the simplest kind."
-Ambrose Bierce