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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cheri's French Onion Soup

Time for more delicious good for you warm your body warm your heart and soul SOUP!
My French onion soup has a combination of onions, garlic and rich beefy broth with herbs then top that with some French bread and sprinkle cheese on top and your tummy with thank you.

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3-4 medium onions, thinly criss cross sliced(if you like more brothy soup use less onions)
3-4 cloves of Garlic chopped
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
Loaf of 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, garlic 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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