Fantastic for a cold winter day, Baked French Onion Soup is savory and hearty with a thick blanket of melted heaven.
Course: Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, Soup
Keyword: french onion soup
4large vidalia onionssliced into 1/2 inch rings
1/2teaspoonfreshly ground pepper
1 1/2tablespoonschopped fresh thyme
1/4cupdry red wineI used Cabernet
6cupslow sodium beef stock
2cupsgrated Gruyere cheese
1baguettesliced into 1/2 inch slices (you will need 4)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Brush both sides of the baguette slices with olive oil and place on a baking sheet in a single layer. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and then turn over. Bake for an additional 10 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack and cool to room temperature.
In a large dutch oven or heavy bottomed stock pot, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat until melted and starting to bubble. Add the onions to the pot and cook until softened stirring occasionally. Add the salt, pepper and sugar stirring to combine and continue cooking until the onions are a deep caramel color, approximately 45-50 minutes. Stir in the thyme and red wine. Continue cooking until the red wine has evaporated and then add the beef stock and bay leaves. Bring the mixture to a boil and then turn the heat to low. Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes to allow the flavors to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Ladle the soup into four oven-safe crocks or bowls. Top each bowl with one slice of baguette and 1/2 cup of cheese. Broil the soup under the broiler on low until the cheese is melted and golden. Serve immediately.
Note: The soup can be made in advance and stored in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 2 days or frozen for up to 2 months. Heat the soup over low heat and then follow the directions for serving. (beginning with Ladle the soup...)