November 26, 2015
Enjoy this classic French soup dish to keep you toasty warm.
In a large saucepan, sauté the onions in olive oil and butter on medium high heat until well browned, but not burnt. Add the sugar about 10 minutes into the process to help with caramelization and then cover.
Remove the cover and continue to cook stirring frequently until liquid evaporates and the onions brown (roughly 6 to 8 minutes) adjusting the heat as necessary. The pan bottom will be coated with a darkish crust (pan drippings), gently scrape the bottom and sides of the pan and spoon back into the onions.
Add garlic and sauté for 1 minute. Stir in a splash of the water, scraping the pan bottom to loosen the crust, and cook until water evaporates and then pan bottom has formed another dark crust. Stir in the wine and deglaze the pan, stirring frequently, until the wine is partially evaporated (about 5 minutes).
For the cheese croutons - while the soup simmers, arrange the baguette slices in a single layer on baking sheet and bake in a 400-degree F oven until the bread is dry, crisp, and golden at edges, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
Adjust oven rack 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler to 350 degrees F. To serve - use individual oven-proof soup bowls on a baking sheet or one large casserole dish. Ladle the soup into the bowls or casserole dish. Top each bowl with 1 or 2 baguette slices (do not overlap slices) and sprinkle evenly with Gruyère cheese. Broil until the cheese bubbles and is slightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately, serves 4-6.
Serve with Toasted Garlic Bread – cut French bread loaf into 1/2" slices. Mix together 5 Tbsp. butter, softened, 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil, 3 cloves garlic, crushed, pinch salt and pepper and spread on the bread slices. Reassemble the bread slices to form the loaf and wrap in foil. Place in 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes until butter is melted and bread is crisp.
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