When was the last time you had French Onion Soup…although in France, I guess they just call it onion soup?
In my case, it was ages ago, not as far back as the 18th century when it was invented, but certainly before I worried about all that salt, cheese and bread.
I also had never made it myself, preferring to order it in a restaurant delivered to my table without all the preparation.
However, as the weather starts to turn chilly, I am craving comfort food and decided that French Onion Soup would be my next French Test Kitchen Recipe.
French Onion Soup Prep
First I needed to find French Onion Soup bowls which I felt were crucial to the process.
Did I have any?
Nope. Gave them away along with those escargot dishes with the little indentations for the snails and garlic butter.
So I asked three of my friends and neighbours.
“Sorry Diana, I gave those away!” was their answer.
Gave them away eh?
So I made a trip to the ReUse Store — where an entire shelf was dedicated to French Onion Soup bowls of all sorts.
In fact, it looked to me like they had more of them than any other china or crockery.
Now I know why.
But hey, I was in business! I bought two of them.
I enlisted my friend Peg to be my assistant and together we made French Onion soup the way we remembered it — with slow-cooked caramelized onions, beef broth, Cognac, and Swiss Cheese melted over a slice of French baguette.
It became our lunch that day, and a most satisfying one at that.
My Recipe for French Onion Soup
4 cups of Yellow Onions
4 cups Beef or Bone Broth
1/2 Tablespoon of flour
2 teaspoons of Sugar
A few tablespoons of Cognac
A few sprigs of Thyme
One Teaspoon of Dijon Mustard
Swiss Cheese Slices (Gruyere is the tastiest!)
4 tablespoons of Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons of Butter
Salt and Pepper to taste
Mix half the butter with the thyme, mustard and a tablespoon of Cognac to make a paste. Set aside
With half the olive oil and the rest of the butter, sauté the onions slowly over low heat for almost 20 minutes.
Take your time as the process to caramelize the onions is key to extracting the best flavour.
Add the flour and coat.
Add the sugar over medium heat.
Your onions are ready.
Add the 4 cups of broth to the onions and then add the paste for full flavour.
Bring to a slow boil.
In your French onion soup bowls (that you have discovered deep in your closet or found at a ReUse store near you), assemble a toasted slice of French bread at the bottom of the bowl over which pour a little Cognac.
Ladle in the soup until full. Add a second slice of toasted French bread on top.
Add two slices of or as much grated cheese as you desire on top of each soup bowl and broil for a couple of minutes until bubbly and golden brown.
Serve alone or with a salad … and you will be right back in a bistro in Paris on a cold and blustery day!
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Diana Bishop the founder of The Success Story Program and A Woman of a Certain Age in Paris as well as a well-known correspondent with over 25 years working for CTV, CBC News, and NBC News. She loves travel, writing, and all things Parisienne.