Hot soup on a cold winter day…

by Francie on February 3, 2011

Yesterday we were engulfed in a seemingly endless snow storm.  Over 500 schools were closed.  Wow, what a wonderful day!  I cross country skied in the morning and spent the rest of the day with a hot cup of tea catching up with my desk. Naturally on a day like this, soup is a perfect compliment.  In January I shared a French Onion Soup recipe on our local television station.  The thought wouldn’t leave my mind.  I whipped up a batch and I must say, nothing could have felt more perfect as I sat with my tasty bowl, watching the snowflakes pile up outside. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did…  

French Onion Soup with Olivia’s Butter & Garlic Croutons

  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 4 cups assorted  white, yellow, red onions, shallots,  sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 quarts beef broth
  • 1/2 pound grated Gruyere, Parmesan, or cheese of your choice.
  • Olivia’s Butter & Garlic Croutons
  Directions Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, herbs, salt and pepper.  Cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the wine, Worcestershire and Balsamic vinegar, bring to a broil, reduce the heat and simmer until the liquid has evaporated and the onions are thick. Remove the bay leaves. Turn the heat down to medium low and add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper if desired. When you're ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Ladle the soup into ovenproof bowls.  Arrange 5 or 6 croutons on top of the soup and cover with a handful of cheese.  Place bowls on a sheet pan on middle rack of the oven and broil until cheese is brown and bubbling about 5 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before eating. Enjoy!  

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