Monday, February 17, 2014

French Onion Soup

Recently I became a stay at home mom.  I am loving it.  I now have time to enjoy my little guy.  It's been several years in the making, but we were finally able to make it happen.  I've had so much fun the past few weeks, not only is my stress level WAY down but I'm finally becoming my old self. 

I know this new roll is relatively new but in the past few weeks I've enjoyed endless playing with Tucker; from building forts, playing Hot Wheels, coloring, watching movies, playing trains and so on.  I've enjoyed every. single. second of it.  Along with enjoying all of my Tucker time, I've also been able to watch a couple of my daytime shows on a regular basis.
Before I would record them and try to catch up on them when possible, but inevitably the DVR would get full and I would have to delete a lot of them without watching because there simply wasn't enough time.  But one show in particular that I always tried to watch before deleting was The Chew.  I enjoy everything about that show; it's a good mix of conversation, crafts, everyday tips, and delicious recipes.

I've found myself bookmarking countless recipes from almost every episode that I wanted to try.  I've done a few of their crafts and they were just as easy as they said.  Now that I'm home I finally had the time to sift through some of the bookmarked recipes I had and figure out which one I wanted to make first.  Since it's been so cold it was only fitting to make a soup recipe, and Clinton's French Onion Soup was calling my name.
It looked amazing on air, my mouth was literally watering.  I'm here to tell you, it was just as delicious as I had imagined.  I love onions, and the flavor of the onions in this soup are out of this world.  The soup is so rich in flavor.  It's a few simple ingredients but they are all developed in such a way that this soup is rich, complex and delicious.  The cheesy, Gruyere-Parmesan topped baguettes are not only gooey and full of flavor, they add another layer of texture to this delicious brothy soup.  Whether you are a French Onion Soup fan, or someone who has never tried it before, I urge you to try this soup.  You will love it!

French Onion Soup

2 Pounds yellow onions, sliced
1/2 Bunch fresh Thyme, bound with kitchen twine
2 Bay leaves
1 Tsp salt
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp all-purpose flour
1 Cup full-bodied red wine
4 Cups low-sodium chicken broth*
1 Cup water
1 Tsp black pepper
Pinch salt

For the croutons-
6 (1/2 inch) baguette slices
1/2 Pound grated Gruyere cheese
2 Tbsp grated Parmesan


Place onions, thyme, bay leaves, salt, olive oil, and butter  in a large, heavy stock pot and place over medium heat.  Cook mixture for about 45 minutes until onions are a deep caramel color, being sure to stir the mixture often.

Once the onions have cooked down and are caramel like color, add the flour and stir to combine and cook for about 1 minute.  Add the wine and stir to combine, cook for about 2 minutes.  While stirring continuously add the broth, water, and black pepper.  Bring the mixture to a boil then immediately reduce to a simmer.  Cook the soup, uncovered about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

When ready to serve-
Lightly toast the baguette slices.

Preheat the broiler.

Remove bay leaves and thyme from the soup.  Ladle the soup into oven-safe bowls.  Place the toasted baguettes on top of each bowl of soup along with the grated gruyere and parmesan cheeses.  Place in the broiler until the cheese begins to bubble and turn a light golden brown.

Serve immediately.

*To keep this recipe completely vegetarian simply substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth. 

Recipe source: The Chew

1 comment:

Diane Roark said...

Thanks for sharing! I pinned this great looking French Onion Soup!
Diane Roark

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