Ingredients

How to make it

  • Melt butter in a heavy pot. Add onions, sugar, thyme, bay leaves over medium heat, uncovered, stirring frequently, until onions are very soft and deep golden brown, about 30 minutes. Stir in wine, balsamic & cognac and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in stocks, salt and pepper (go heavy on the pepper) and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, 30 minutes.
  • Toast bread at 350°F, turning over once, about 10 minutes. Remove croûtes from oven and preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Discard bay leaves and thyme from soup and divide soup among french onion soup crocks then float a croûte in each. Top with cheese, allowing ends of cheese to hang over rims of crocks.
  • Place bowls on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

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    " It was excellent "
    shandy ate it and said...
    YUM! Thank you for sharing this link. I LOVE this and am dying to try it =)
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    " It was excellent "
    kukla ate it and said...
    WAYYYYYY BACK....when I was all of 16, trying to develop my 'culinary tastes' and / or testing out a new restaurant, I would always order an appetizer, and a dessert. You could judge -- just from those two items -- how devoted a chef or cook was. Usually a good indicator as to whether or not you should go back...
    My chosen appetizer was French Onion Soup -- one of the first real recipes that I attempted to perfect over the years!

    From where I sit, your version of French Onion Soup tells me that I wish you lived closer; you could cater to me anytime :)

    Cath.
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    " It was excellent "
    wolfpackjack ate it and said...
    Wolf LOVES onion soup.... great post... hope it's cold and rainy here next weekend...dave
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    " It was excellent "
    elgab89 ate it and said...
    This is one of my favorite soups in the world! I actually love the fact that you used Zinfandel - it should work so well with the sweetness of onions - and it adds a Californian twist!
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  • conner909 5 years ago
    You're right, Luisa, it is cold around here! I love it! Not that many months' ago, I made an onion soup fondue from Cook's Illustrated. It looked so good and most of their recipes really are very good....except this soup. It was too sweet and after all the working of carmelizing the onions etc., I was very disappointed in it. So now, having said that, I will save this to make soon! Thanks so much! BTW I made a Chicken and Bean stew last night that is sooo good! Don't know if I have it posted or not. It's got bacon, onion, lots of garlic, potatoes, white beans and chicken stock and of course chicken. Love it! If I haven't posted it, I will!
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    " It was excellent "
    trigger ate it and said...
    You are such a baby Luisa but this this may help you and me stay warm. It is quite elegant in it's little crock. I love the Hennessey in the soup and of course a some in a brandy snifter by the fireplace would be nice.
    Flagged as beautiful as you probably know but it is nice to hear it among your peers so I will say it anyway.

    Thank you Luisa a snow storm is headed my way so I better scamper off for hat Hennessey.
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    " It was excellent "
    peetabear ate it and said...
    great recipe... and perfect weather here in NY for it... 5 forks
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  • binky67 5 years ago
    I'm a fan, 5 forks!
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    wow, what a lovely recipe! Great addition of cognac here! High 5!
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    " It was excellent "
    lacrenshaw ate it and said...
    This sounds like perfection, luisa! Thanks and ^5.
    Lorraine
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    " It was excellent "
    merlin ate it and said...
    I've always sought the perfect French onion soup recipe. Here it is. Maybe because it uses good Northern California Zinfandel.
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