French Farmhouse Onion Soup
Yield: 8 Servings
8 Cups Finely Sliced Sweet Onions
1 1/2 Sticks Unsalted Butter
1 1/2 Tablespoons Country French Seasoning
3/4 Teaspoon French Grey Salt
3/4 Teaspoon Ground Tellicherry Pepper
8 Cups Hot Water
3 Tablespoons Beef Bullion
3 Tablespoons Port Wine
3 Cups Grated Swiss
8 Toasted Baguette Croutons
Chopped Chives for Garnish
There are times when only a bowl of French Onion Soup will fill the bill – times like formal dinners when you and your guests are sitting around a candle lit table waiting to enjoy Rack of Lamb or Prime Rib. We love making this one just as much as we do our Roasted Farmhouse Onion Soup. What is important to us is that we are able to use simple sweet onions from our garden to enhance even the most elegant meal.
Melt butter in a large saucepan placed over medium heat. Once melted, add onions, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring frequently to prevent burning, until they are caramelized – about 45 minutes.
Add water, bullion, and seasoning blend to the onions. Mix well, reduce heat to medium low and for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. After 2 hours, add seasoning blend and wine. Reduce heat to low and cook for another 30 minutes. When done, test seasonings and add salt and pepper to taste.
Turn the oven on to broil. Place soup in oven-safe serving bowls. Top each with a slice of baguette crouton, and sprinkle heavily with grated cheese. Place bowls on a baking sheet, cover with aluminum foil, and broil in oven for 5-6 minutes until cheese melts. Remove from oven, garnish with chives, and serve.