Can you believe making this soup was my idea? I am an adamant non-liker of onions. I used to pick them out of everything! (Even casseroles – that was annoying) I’ve slowly been coming around to onions. I will eat them when cooked; it’s more of a texture thing than anything for me. I actually really really like the sweet broth this French onion soup makes. I only ate about half the onions in the soup – but I didn’t let a drop of that broth go to waste!
I’ve made French onion soup before – but this recipe really lets the onions caramelize before adding the broth which makes the soup nice and sweet. It takes a while to caramelize – but it’s worth it! I’ve also found that I have another texture problem when it comes to those croutons. I don’t like toasting them on top of the soup like you’re supposed to. It soaks up all of my broth!! So I’ve turned to making swiss cheese toasties on the side for dipping – my favorite.
Recipe (Adapted from Melissa on Food Network)
Makes 4 servings
- 4 large yellow onions
- 1-2 Tbsp butter
- salt and black pepper
- 1 Tbsp flour
- 1 small bunch fresh thyme
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 2 cups beef stock (I used 1 can)
- 4 cups chicken stock (I used 1 box)
- 4 slices swiss cheese (4 oz)
- 1 French bread loaf cut into 8 slices
Thinly slice the onion into half moon shapes (about ¼ in thick). In a Dutch oven or soup pot with a lid over medium-low heat, add the butter. Once melted add the onions with a pinch of salt and pepper and cover the pot and cook until caramelized. This will take a while – 1 to 1 ½ hours. Once caramelized to your liking stir in the flour and cook a couple minutes. Add beef and chicken stocks, lemon juice, bay leaf, and thyme bundle. Let cook for at least 10 minutes while you make your toasties. Remove the herbs from the soup before serving. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
While the soup is finishing up toast your bread on both sides for a few minutes at 400F. During the last 2-3 minutes melt ½ piece of swiss cheese on each piece of bread. Serve your swiss cheese toasties to dip in your soup.