Monday, December 6, 2010

French Onion Soup

I had a few friends over and we enjoyed some French Onion Soup.  It's always so warming to have soup.  And it's always nice to be with company, enjoying them rather than standing at the stove.

You will have to forgive me for not being so verbose these days.  And some of you may be happy about that.  I have been busily making Christmas presents.  One of my goals has been to stop buying junk that is made in China.  Less is more.  The kids have even noticed that a lot of the stuff from the dollar store just breaks- so it is not worth buying.  My goals are less junk, less products from China and more local.  I have bought some local crafts as well for Christmas presents. 

French Onion Soup
These are very simple ingreidents so you need to rely on quality ingredients.

6 cups (48 ounces) broth
1/2 cup sherry
1 large bay leaf
2 sprigs of thyme or 1 teaspoon dried
8 cups onion sliced in rings
4 tablespoons butter
salt and pepper to taste

Saute onions in butter.  Sauteing at medium heat.  You want to keep a close eye on the heat.  At first you will not have to stir so much.  Toward the end you will need to stir the onions often.  Do not salt the onions until they are first starting to get golden.

Once they are golden brown, pour in the broth with the herbs.  Add the sherry.  Cover and let the soup simmer for about thirty minutes.
Ladle into soup bowls and place a slice or two of toasted French bread.  Place a slice of mozzarella or another fine melting cheese.  Roast under the broiler until cheese is toasted.

Ah, one more shot of the cheesy ooziness, swimming and singing, I am delicious, consume me!

We celebrated my friends birthday, complete with pink tiaras.  Happy Birthday L! Oh, and notice I put some toffee crunchies around the perimeter of the whoopie pie.  Oh YEAH!


vanillasugar said...

this is the feel good soup of winter. i love love love frenchc onion soup so filling and hearty. as long as there is 2 inches of cheese. LOL

kat said...

This is Matt's favorite soup, I really don't make it for him enough. I'm with you on the homemade gifts keeping me busy. I always swear I'll start earlier next year.


I have always loved French onion soup! Very few brothy soups provide such depth! Wish I was eating it now!

Dimah said...

The soup looks fantastic and delicious!
Thanks for stopping by my blog and for the kind comment!

Shelly said...

Yum! Wish I had some right now ;)
Can't wait to make this...once this project is finished I plan to cook like a maniac!

Anonymous said...

Mm, such a classic. I haven't had french onion soup in ages, but love it so. Thanks for reminding me, I must make a big batch asap!

grace said...

french onion soup can be really good, but it can also be very, very bad. your note saying that quality ingredients are key is so, so true.

Tracy said...

Your soup looks delicious! I haven't had much luck with French Onion Soup. I like your idea of buying less junk from China.

Ingrid said...

I'm pretty certain my children would love this soup. I'm not so sure about Mama who isn't a fan of onions.

Btw, I think that's great that you are making your own gifts. I wish I was crafty or at least had the patience to attempt to make my own.