It had been in my mind for a long time to make this soup.Finally,I did this today and loved it to its last drop.For past few days,I was suffering from cold and this soup is so much relieving.I tried this with white onions and didn't used any liquor.Traditionally,liquor(like sherry or wine) is used to prepare the soup..Here in restaurants,they don't top it with cheese bread(Croutons) while serving the french onion soup.This further pushed me to try it at home..yeah,I wanna try that cheese bread topping with this soup.And I did,but with cheddar not with the Gruyere cheese..The soup was lip-smackingly delicious...
The real beauty in making french onion soup is in frying the thinly sliced onion to dark brown..I'm so impatient and just didn't browned it much..Even then ,it was good..after all they are onions ..it has to be good :)..I have to be more specific in maintaining the patience next time ..
Note:Some add Worcestershire sauce to the soup..this gives the dark color and extra flavour and tartness to the soup.I just skipped this sauce and prepared..I adapted the recipe from Mrs.Malikka Badrinath's Soup and juice recipes.
You will need:
4 white onions
1 tbsp butter
1 clove of garlic
1 1/2 cup of stock (vegetable/chicken)
salt and pepper
For Croutons :
1 small Baguette bread-sliced into 1 inch thick slices
1 cup of cheese
Remove the skin off the onions an put them in boiling water for 5 mins.Then transfer them in cool water for 5 mins.Slice them very thinly..
In a crock pot,melt butter and add the crushed clove of garlic
Add the thinly sliced onion and fry till brown..
Add stock and cook covered for few mins until the onions are soft..
Add required water like 2-3 cups and add salt and pepper as per taste..
Bring to boil and turn off the heat..
Preparing the croutons...
Apply some butter on each baguette slice and top it with some shredded cheese.Line them in a baking tray and bake in 250 C preheated oven for 10 mins or until the cheese melts and gets a golden crust..
Serve the soup hot with few croutons..(Generally,the soup is ladled in a small french ramekins and it is covered with a fitting slicing of baguette and cheese ..which is baked and served )
My croutons got soaked and started sinking while taking pictures..sigh!!
Weight watchers can skip the cheese..
Sending this as my second entry to Dk's A.W.E.D France...
And also to Neha's SWC Soups..