Recipe of the Week - French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup
10 ingredients
Produce
2 Bay leaves, dried
1 Parsley or thyme, Fresh leaves
3 sprigs Thyme, fresh
1 1/4 kg Yellow onions, brown
Baking & spices
2 tbsp Flour
1 Salt and pepper
Bread & baked goods
6 slices French baguette
Dairy
100 g Butter, unsalted
100 g Gruyere
Beer, wine & spirits
3/4 cup White wine, dry

CARAMELISE ONIONS

1. Melt butter in a heavy based casserole pot over medium heat. When it starts to foam, add onions and stir to coat in butter.

2. 30 min on medium low: Turn heat down to medium low. Cook for 30 minutes stirring every few minutes, until the onions have softened and are semi transparent. 

3. Salt, 20 min on medium high: Turn heat up to medium or medium high. Add salt, and cook for a further 20 - 30 minutes, stirring more regularly, until onions are deep golden and sweet.

MAKE SOUP:

1. Deglaze: Add wine, then simmer rapidly for 2 minutes until mostly evaporated, stirring to scrape the bottom of the pot.

2. Flour: Sprinkle flour over the onion and cook for 1 minute.

3. Add broth & herbs: Add broth, thyme and bay leaves. 

4. Simmer: Cover, lower heat so it's simmering gently then simmer for 30 minutes. 

5. Serve: Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle into bowls. Top with 1 or 2 slices of cheesy toast.

CHEESE TOAST:

1. Preheat grill / broiler to high.Toast each side of bread until light golden.

2. Top bread with cheese, then grill until melted and some brown spots appear.

 Recipe Notes:

1. Onions - halve them then cut from the top to bottom. It makes them hold their shape better when cooking and you don't get stringy bits. But it's not a big deal! Half the onions in the video were accidentally cut the other way.

2. Wine is used to deglaze the pot here, to get the brown stuff off the base of the pot and also the wine adds flavour into the soup broth. It's fine to skip it - the beef broth ends up having the same deglazing effect.

Any non-sweet, non-woody wine is fine. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris are what I use.

3. Broth/stock - French Onion Soup can be made with chicken or beef broth. It is more commonly made with beef stock, from what I have observed.

Use a good quality beef stock. I personally do not recommend mainstream brands from major supermarkets in Australia. I use Maggie Beer and Moredough from Harris Farms, , or private labels from butchers.

It is better to use chicken or vegetable broth rather than sub-standard beef broth.

Best to use low salt and add salt if required.

4. Bread - The idea with the recipe is that you can use a spoon to cut through the bread into the soup to eat it. So it's best not to use chewy artisan breads like sourdough. The softer the crumb, the better. Even a thick standard sandwich bread would work!