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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Best French Onion Soup

Here are the ingredients: I use salted butter and the Sherry is what really makes this soup!

Melt the butter and olive oil in a large pot. Do this while you chop your onions. Add the onions as you shop them. 

Add the onions until they turn brown. About 15-20 min. 

Add the beef stock, sherry and bay leaf. Let simmer for 30-30 min. 

So, the cold weather has started and my house is filled with the smell of Christmas Tree pine and cinnamon pine cones, what could be more perfect to pair the cold weather with some French Onion Soup. I scoured the internet trying to find the best french onion soup. I even took out some of my moms old cookbooks and looked through those dusty old things! I kept coming back to this recipe! Rachel Rey's Oh So Good French Onion Soup. I like the sound of this!! And believe me IT IS "Oh So Good!" 


  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 6 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, picked and chopped or poultry seasoning
  • 1 bay leaf, fresh or dried
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 6 cups beef stock
  • 4 thick slices crusty bread, toasted
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere or Swiss cheese


Heat a deep pot over medium to medium high heat. Work next to the stove to slice onions. Add oil and butter to the pot. Add onions to the pot as you slice them. When all the onions are in the pot, season with salt and pepper and 1 teaspoon fresh thyme. Cook onions 15 to 18 minutes, stirring frequently, until tender, sweet and caramel colored. Add bay leaf and sherry to the pot and deglaze the pan drippings. Add 6 cups stock and cover pot to bring soup up to a quick boil.
Arrange 4 small, deep soup bowls or crocks on a cookie sheet. Preheat broiler to high. Once soup reaches a boil, ladle it into bowls. Float toasted crusty bread on soup and cover each bowl with a mound of cheese. Sprinkle remaining fresh thyme on cheese and place cookie sheet with soup bowls on it under hot broiler until cheese melts and bubbles.

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