Monday, November 1, 2010

Atypical French Onion Soup?

Interesting title...but oh so good!  I love 'French Onion' soup but never think of making it.   However,  today I came across these little clay baking dishes!  They were so cute I had to make something?  The only thing I had a lot of was onions! it is! French Onion Soup with a twist!

4 small baking dishes
5 medium yellow onions, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil or butter
1/4 cup dry sherry
2 cups good quality beef broth, warmed in microwave
4 small Artisan Crostini bread, or hard toasted bread of your choice
1 cup freshly grated Gruyere cheese (1/4 cup per baking dish)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Parsley for decoration


1)  Preheat oven on 450.  Saute sliced onions in the olive oil until onions have browned slightly, about 5 minutes on medium-high temperature.  Poor in the dry sherry and cook down to 2 tablespoons or so.  Remove from heat and divide into bowl.

2)  Add the warmed beef broth and salt and pepper, to your liking.
3)  Next, place a crostini (or bread of your choice) on top.
4)  Next, place the cheese and put directly in the oven until cheese begins to melt, about 8 minutes (depends on the size of your containers).  Next, change the temperature of the oven to broil.  Broil for 2 minutes or until the cheese browns slightly.

5)  Serve immediately with crusty bread, popovers, or a small side salad.  Enjoy!


  1. I'm curious. What makes this French Onion soup "atypical"? It seems pretty similar to other recipes for French Onion Soup.

  2. The Dry Sherry is not a normal ingredient and makes the taste of the soup a little more special!


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