The rich and appetizing flavor of cheese, the sweetness of caramelized onions, the excellent saltiness of beef broth and the hearty slices of bread, all are mixed together perfectly in order to create the best French onion soup ever.
No one comes to France without trying this amazing soup. Enjoy it if you have a chance! Or you can try at home by following us to discover how to cook this dish like the French. Furthermore, we’ll show you what to serve with French onion soup.
Let’s Check A Step-By-Step Recipe To Make The Rich And Simple French Onion Soup
First of all, please prepare necessary ingredients, including:
- 4 onions.
- 2 garlic cloves.
- 2 fresh thyme sprigs.
- 2 bay leaves.
- ½ cup unsalted butter.
- 1 cup of red/white wine.
- 2 quarters beef broth.
- ½ pound grated Gruyere.
- 3 heaping tablespoons of all-purpose flour.
- Salt and pepper.
- 1 baguette
Remember to slice and chop the onions, garlicand baguette with the best santoku knife before beginning to cook. When you’re done, down here to continue!
Instructions For French Onion Soup
- Place a large pot on a stove and turn a medium heat. Put the butter inside and melt it.
- Continue adding the garlic, onion, thyme, bay leaves and seasoning with salt and pepper.
- Cook about 25 minutes until the onions turn into a caramelized color and have a soft texture.
- Next, pour the wine and bring it to a boil.
- Later, reduce the heat and simmer until the wine has disappeared and the onions are dry.
- Remove the thyme and bay leaves.
- Add the flour to the onion and stir in the medium heat. Make sure the flour doesn’t burn.
- After 10 minutes, pour the beef broth and simmer for the next 10 minutes. And don’t forget to season with salt and pepper.
- Meanwhile, prepare the broiler to bake the baguette. Put each slice on a baking sheet and sprinkle with the Gruyere on top. Broil about 3-5 minutes to get a golden-brown color.
- Finally, ladle the soup into a bowl, put the baguette and Gruyere on top and enjoy.
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What To Serve With French Onion Soup?
Nice Pairings To Serve With French Onion Soup
Although you can easily make the yummy and hearty soup with this recipe, don’t miss consulting some nice accompaniments that can enhance your dish to a new level. Be ready to explore? There we come!
- Side Salads
The first choice to go well with the French onion soup is a perfect dish of crunchy salads that are topped with the same cheese. The gentle bitterness of escaroles, chopped kale or Frisee Fine will greatly harmonize with the sweet onions. Or you can make Caesar salad.
However, instead of using a raw egg in the dressing, you should add mustard. Or try mixing carrots, shred radishes, celery, and cucumber with mayonnaise to serve with the soup. If you don’t have time to make the salads, preparing the raw or cooked vegetables is also a great idea.
A mixture of green, yellow, and purple beans or shredded beets, parsnips and carrots will make your soup not only look pleasing but also taste wonderful. But, avoid using turnips, cabbage, broccoli and other strongly flavored vegetables.
- Roast Beef Sandwiches
Since the basis of the French onion soup is beef broth, you can pair this dish with the roast beef sandwiches excellently. In case you’re going to serve the soup with the open-faced sandwiches, you don’t need to add the baguette as above.
- Fruits And Crackers
You might feel so weird when serving this silky soup with fruits or crackers; however, it’s extremely mouthwatering. Cut pears and apples (or strawberries, grapes, and figs) into even slices.
Depending on your own taste, you can eat raw and immerse them in a mixture of water and lemon juice. To the crackers, try mixing rye bread, sesame seeded, and water together.
Or make your own one by toasting the rye or Melba bread in an oven before putting them in the bowl of soup.
- Last But Not Least, What To Drink With The French Onion Soup
Commonly, most of the soups cannot go well with wine because they easily blend lots of flavors together, making the dish taste bad. But, the French onion soup wonderfully pairs with wine thanks to an extreme taste of onions.
- Although we’ve just mentioned that you can use both red and white wine, the best one is to cook and drink alongside might be Viognier. It’s because this kind of wine cannot only bring out the natural sweetness of the caramelized onions but also add a pleasing and fresh aroma of the cheese and garlic.
- Another option is Pinot Gris since it brings enough acidity and vigor in order to balance everything in the soup nicely and perfectly.
Now, it’s easy to know what to serve with French onion soup well, right? Be free to select any side dish you want to eat and be sure to enjoy when it’s still hot. Lastly, don’t forget to share your ideas about new pairings that can go well with this soup. We love to hear that!