A luscious bowl of French Onion Soup topped with toasted bread and baked Gruyere cheese
French Onion Soup is luscious with its deep, sweet caramelized onion flavors and browned Gruyere cheese topping. I’ve made several batches this winter and find the soup so satisfying during the cold Rocky Mountain winters.
This weekend several of my foodie friends came to visit and not knowing what time their flights would ultimately arrive I decided to make something that could stay warming on the stove and be ready when everyone arrived. My favorite go to recipe for French Onion Soup uses lots of onions that are slowly cooked in the oven to intensify the sweetness of the onions. Then the onions are finished on top of the stove to concentrate the liquid with some added water and sherry to deglaze the pot. The broth or stock is added to the onions along with herbs and set on the stove to simmer. The recipe is easy to make and the resulting soup is always the hit of the meal.
My regular supply of frozen homemade stock comes in handy for the soup…that along with the ample supply of local onions I always buy at the end of the season from local farmers…means I always have the ingredients on hand to make the soup. Add in a toasted piece of bread and some shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese and a sumptuous meal is served.
Now for a little secret….I use swim goggles when I cut onions. See the picture below…those are the goggles I wear so I don’t cry through the entire process. A friend of mine, and fellow blogger, uses an old pair of ski goggles to do the same. Trust me these work and will make you much happier after cutting 5 pounds of onions.