Tuesday, August 28, 2007
What's that smell?
I have to say that I am a pretty lucky girl, pretty much anything I make Jesse will try. He doesn't always love it but he will always eat it. Usually I can tell he doesn't like something because he won't eat all of it and he certainly won't go back for seconds. Tonight.... he wasn't quite as subtle. LOL. Let's just say Jesse doesn't like gruyere cheese and he REALLY doesn't like french onion soup. I on the other hand, loved it!! Too bad I probably won't be able to make it again :( Seriously though, this is a great recipe. Here it is for all of the stinky cheese lovers in the world. Now I better go order a pizza....
French Onion Soup
Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence; Ultimate Bistro Episode
1/2 cup unsalted butter
4 onions, sliced
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 bay leaves
2 fresh thyme sprigs
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle
3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 quarts beef broth
1 baguette, sliced
1/2 pound grated Gruyere
Melt the stick of butter in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and salt and pepper and cook until the onions are very soft and caramelized, about 25 minutes. Add the wine, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves and thyme sprigs. Dust the onions with the flour and give them a stir. Turn the heat down to medium low so the flour doesn't burn, and cook for 10 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste. Now add the beef broth, bring the soup back to a simmer, and cook for 10 minutes. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
When you're ready to eat, preheat the broiler. Arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil until bubbly and golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes.
Ladle the soup in bowls and float several of the Gruyere croutons on top.
Alternative method: Ladle the soup into bowls, top each with 2 slices of bread and top with cheese. Put the bowls into the oven to toast the bread and melt the cheese.