French onion soup

French onion soup

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Encyclopedia of Food and Cookery
Serves
6-8

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
45g butter
4-5 onions, finely sliced
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons plain flour
2 litres beef stock, boiling
125ml dry white wine or dry vermouth
freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons brandy, (optional)
slices french bread, to garnish
130g swiss cheese, grated, to garnish
or 50g parmesan cheese, to garnish
1 tablespoon oil

Method

  1. Melt butter in a large heavy saucepan, add oil and cook onions gently for 20–30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Be careful not to burn onions. Sprinkle in salt and flour and stir over moderate heat for 3 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and blend in boiling stock. Add wine. Season with pepper. Return to heat, cover and simmer for 30–40 minutes, skimming occasionally.
  3. To prepare garnish, put bread in one layer in shallow baking tin. Bake in a preheated moderately slow oven (160°C) for about 30 minutes or until crisp and lightly coloured. If desired, bread can be brushed with a little olive oil halfway through cooking, and after baking, each slice rubbed lightly with cut clove of garlic.
  4. Just before serving soup, adjust seasoning and stir in brandy. Pour into heated soup tureen or soup cups over bread slices. Serve cheese separately.

Variation

  • French onion soup gratinée: Follow recipe above. Put prepared bread into a heatproof deep casserole dish, soup tureen or individual heatproof bowls and top with 125 g Swiss cheese, cut into fine slivers. Pour boiling soup over. Sprinkle 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese over and put under a preheated hot grill until cheese melts and browns lightly. Serve immediately.
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