French Onion Soup with Mini Croutons
If you like onions and soup, then you have to be a French Onion Soup fan. A rich, sweet, flavorful onion laden soup with mini floating croutons and lots of melted cheese. You can’t beat a good French onion soup recipe and I have a good one for you.
What turns good French onion soup into really good French onion soup is the caramelization of the onions, cooking the onions until they are golden and sweet. There is no need to add sugar if you let the onions develop their natural sweetness and this takes time, about 45 minutes to an hour.
There are many famous French onion soup recipes out there, Julia Child’s being the most famous and a variety of different alcohols are used, from Cognac to white wine. My choice is dry sherry.
The sherry pairs so well with the sweetness of the onion and you don’t taste the alcohol at all because there is not a strong presence to begin with like there is with Cognac and wine. Also, please use good beef stock. I make my own, recipe, but a good, low sodium store bought will work perfectly.
For me, there’s nothing more frustrating when eating French onion soup, is chasing the 1 large crouton floating in the soup. I finally give up and use my fingers (while trying not to burn them).
My solution to this culinary dilemma is top the soup with mini croutons and lots of gruyère cheese). That way, there’s a crouton in every bite (see picture below). Then you don’t have the unfortunate situation of being left with soup and no croutons, no problem.
In keeping with the French theme, I also have a delicious potato and leek based soup with beer that is so good. Soupe à la Bière (Beer Soup) is an Alsatian recipe from Northern France (see below).
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