Classic French Onion Soup
pic of our dinner tonight
4 mediumonions thinly sliced
·salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tspgranulated sugar
1 smallfrench bread cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 qtbeef broth
2 cgrated gruyère
1/4 cred wine (optional)
How to Make Classic French Onion Soup
- Melt the butter in a 4-quart pot over medium heat. Stir in the onions and season with 1 tsp. salt and a few grinds of pepper. Reduce the heat to low. Press a piece of foil onto the onions to cover them completely, cover the pot with a lid, and cook, stirring occasionally (you will have to lift the foil), until the onions are very soft but not falling apart, 40 to 50 minutes. Adding the foil seal;s in the juices of the onions...really makes a difference so don't leave this part out.Remove the lid and foil, raise the heat to medium high, and stir in the sugar. Cook, stirring often, until very deeply browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
- Add the broth and bay leaf to the caramelized onions and bring the soup to a boil over medium-high heat. Add wine if using.Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer for 10 minutes to blend the flavors. Discard the bay leaf and season to taste with salt and pepper.
To serve, position a rack 6 inches from the broiler and heat the broiler to high. I actually use my toaster oven...works great if it is just the2 of us.Put 6 to 8 broiler proof soup bowls or crocks on a baking sheet. Put 2 or 3 bread slices in each bowl and ladle the hot soup on top. Sprinkle with the cheese and broil until the top is browned and bubbly, 2 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.