The January cold is kicking in and I have been craving a good old, heart warming french onion soup for a few days now. I absolutely love how the molten cheese sticks to the back of your spoon and how its long threads will – no matter how lady-like you try to spoon the soup into your mouth, will always make eating onion soup a messy occasion.
This onion soup was passed to me through my father’s side and is the only recipe I trust for a fool-proof, original french onion soup!
- 6 big white onions.
- 4 tablespoons of butter (The more the better!)
- 2 cloves of garlic
- 750ml of beef stock
- 1 glass of red wine ( and one for the chef )
- 4 thick slices of bread
- 300gr of grated cheese
- First of all you need to cut the onions. A great tip not to get your eyes stinging or welling up is to hang a damp towel round your shoulders or by breathing through your mouth. You can cut the onions in medium big rings.
- Let the butter melt in the pot and add the onions and garlic. Stir the onions until they are glassy.
- Now add the glass of wine and stir while the onions simmer for another 2 minutes.
- Now add the stock and season well with salt and pepper
- Let simmer for another 20 minutes on medium heat
- Now, this is something I always do but you don’t have to : I just like it better this way… I take my hand mixer and go through the soup until it is half mixed and half not. This way my cheese melts better and more even through the soup.
- Now serve the soup in bowls and top with the bread and pour the cheese over it evenly.
- Put under the grill until the cheese has melted and you are ready to go!