Sunday, May 2, 2010

Sarah: ICBC Garlic

Julia Child's French Onion Soup

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 lbs onions, halved and sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced very fine
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups dry white wine
  • 6 cups beef stock or chicken stock (the beef will make a darker, more robust soup)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 ovenproof soup bowls
  • 12 toasted slices of French baguettes, 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 cups Swiss cheese, grated
  • 3 teaspoons Parmesan cheese, grated

  • In a large saucepan over medium heat melt the butter and oil together.
  • Add the onions, garlic, and sugar. Saute until slightly colored, stirring occasionally (don't stir too much - you want them to brown), for 7 minutes.
  • Add the white wine, raise temperature to medium high, and bring to a boil.
  • Lower temperature back down to medium and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Add the stock, raise temperature to medium high and bring to a simmer.
  • Lower temperature to low and simmer *uncovered* for 1 1/2 hours (90 minutes).
  • At this point you can freeze the soup for reheating later (after thawing).
  • To serve at this point, continue with steps: first, preheat your broiler.
  • Ladle the soup into the ovenproof soup bowls (6 of them).
  • Place two slices of toasted baguette onto the top of each soup bowl.
  • Sprinkle each serving with 1/3 cup of Swiss cheese, then 1/2 teaspoon of Parmesan cheese.
  • Place soup bowls onto a baking sheet and place in oven under preheated broiler.
  • Broil until the cheese melts (watch them carefully - depending on your broiler and how far the rack is from the heat, it can take anywhere to 45 to 90 seconds or so).
  • Serve immediately.

  • ---REVIEW---

    So... let's get real for a minute here. We're all friends. You can take it.

    I've never loved anything more than I love french onion soup. Ever. In my life.

    This soup... was not my favorite french onion soup. I am not saying that this is the fault of Mrs. Julia Child, it is the fault of whoever decided that beef broth should come in 4 cup containers instead of 6, and didn't think the mention it on the container.

    The soup was OK with 4 cups, but not as rich and full bodied as I would have hoped. Also, maybe this had something to do with the fact that I bought the cheapest bottle of white wine I could find... at Target.

    Don't judge me.

    Also, I thought you all needed to know EXACTLY HOW MUCH 3LBS OF ONIONS REALLY IS. A lot. A lot a lot.

    1 comment:

    1. This sounds DELICIOUS. Your review made me laugh, though.