French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

I prepared this dish for the subreddit, /r/52weeksofcooking, where the theme was "book inspired". I decided to go with Harry Potter mainly because I was already craving French Onion Soup. This really satisfied my craving and was delicious. Also pictured: my friend made butter beer!



  1. 1/2 Cup Butter
  2. 2 White Onions
  3. 2 Yellow Onions
  4. 3 Cloves Garlic
  5. 3 Bay Leaves
  6. 2 Sprigs Thyme Fresh
  7. to taste Kosher Salt ,
  8. to taste Pepper Ground ,
  9. 1 Cup Sherry
  10. 3 Tablespoons Flour , heaping
  11. 2 Quarts Beef Broth
  12. 1 Baguette , sliced
  13. 1/2 lb Gruyere Cheese Smoked , sliced


75 mins
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    Melt the butter over medium heat.

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    While the butter is melting slice the onions into a thin slice and mince the garlic.

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    Add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt (about 1/2 teaspoon), and pepper (about 5 - 10 cranks) to the pot. Cook until the onions are very soft and carmelised (25 - 35 minutes), stirring occasionally.

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    Add the sherry, increase the heat to high and bring to a boil (about 1 minute). Reduce the heat back to medium and simmer until the onions are mostly dry and the sherry is evaporated (5 - 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.

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    Discard the bay leaves and thyme.

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    Dust the onions with the flour and stir. Turn the heat down to medium low to prevent the flour from burning and cook for an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 

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    Add the beef broth, stir, and bring the soup up to a simmer (about 3 minutes). Cook for 10 minutes.

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    Taste the soup and season with salt and pepper if needed. Mine did not need any but my broth was a bit salty.

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    Preheat the broiler.

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    Ladle the soup into bowls, top with 2 or 3 slices of baguette, and top with the gruyere cheese.

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    Put the bowls into the broiler until the baguettes are a bit toasted and the cheese is melted (2 - 3 minutes).

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