With fall arriving early this year my family and I had a hankering for soup. They love French Onion and I wanted a recipe that would taste as good as a restaurant's. So the search began.
I found a delicious recipe from Allrecipes.comI love that it can be made in the slow cooker too.
6 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
4 large yellow onions, sliced and separated into rings
1 bay leaf
1 tablespoon white sugar
8 slices of french bread
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
1/2 cup cooking sherry
1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese
7 cups reduced-sodium beef broth
1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon sea salt to taste
1. Heat butter in large pot over medium-high. Cook and stir onions until they become translucent, about 10 min. Sprinkle onions with sugar; reduce heat to medium. Cook stirring constantly, until onions are soft and browned, at least 30 minutes. Stir in garlic and cook for about 1 minute.
2. Stir in sherry (I didn't have sherry and used red cooking wine as a substitute) into onion mixture and scrape bottom of pot to dissolve small bits of browned food from the pot. Transfer onions into a slow cooker and pour in beef broth. Season to taste with salt, stir in thyme and bay leaf. Cover cooker. Set on high for 4-6 hours or low for 8-10 hours.
3. About 10 min. before serving, set oven rack about 8 inches from the heat source and preheat oven't broiler. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet.
4. Broil bread slices until toasted. 1-2 min. per side
5. Combine cheeses in a bowl. Fill oven-safe soup crocks 3/4 full with soup and float bread slice on top. Top with cheese mixture.
6. Place filled bowls onto a baking sheet and broil until cheese is lightly browned and bubbling. About 2 minutes.
My family really enjoyed this recipe and it truly was a comfort food!