It was a lazy Sunday afternoon, a little rainy and me, a little hungover. I turned on the TV and sat back, hoping to find some cheesy Sunday afternoon movie to just chill out and hang out to. Well I found it, I found the perfect movie to settle into the couch with, Julie&Julia. As I watched the amazing french food being made, eaten and talked about I couldn’t help but be inspired by Julia Child and I decided I HAD to make homemade french onion soup!
Soupe A L’Oignon – from Mastering the Art of French Cooking
The onions for an onion soup need a long, slow cooking in butter and oil, then a long, slow simmering in stock for them to develop the deep, rich flavor which characterized a perfect brew.
For 6 – 8 servings
1 1/2 lbs. or about 5 cups of thinly sliced yellow onions
3 tbs butter
1 tbs oil
A heavy-bottomed, 4 quart covered saucepan
Cook Onions slowly with the butter and oil in the covered saucepan for 15 mins.
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
Uncover, raise heat to moderate, and stir in the salt and sugar. Cook for 30 to 40 minutes stirring frequently, until the onions have turned an even, deep, golden brown.
3 tbs flour
Sprinkle in the flour and stir for 3 minutes.
2 quarts boiling brown stock, canned beef bouillon, or 1 quart of boiling water and 1 quart of stock or bouillon
1/2 cup dry wine wine or dry white vermouth
Salt and peper to taste
Off heat, blend in the boiling liquid. Add the wine, and season to taste. Simmer partially covered for 30 to 40 minutes or more, skimming occasionally. Correct seasoning.
** Set aside uncovered until ready to serve. Then reheat to the simmer.
3 tbs cognac
Rounds of hard-toasted French Bread (I tossed my toast in olive oil and then rubbed each one with a clove of garlic right when I took them out of the oven)
1 to 2 cups of grated Swiss cheese
Just before serving, stir in the cognac. Pour into a oven safe soup bowl, top with the rounds of bread (I spread a thin layer of Dijon mustard on each toast) top with cheese and put under the broiler until melted and crispy.
It was deelish!! The wine is this recipe added a different taste than I’m used to in a French Onion Soup and I loved it! Enjoy.