So Carrie nailed it with my Valentine’s Day plans. I am cooking a romantic 4 course meal for Rob, which I love doing. The first course is going to be my step-mom Barbara’s French Onion Soup recipe. Barbara owns and runs restaurants and this is one of my favorite of hers. No matter how great or nice the restaurant is, their french onion soup is never as good as Barbara’s.
French Onion Soup Recipe
- 6 onions
- 1 stick of non-salted butter
- 4 to 6 cups of water
- Beef base
- 1 to 2 cups of red wine
- Onion powder
- Garlic powder
- Grated gruyere cheese
- French bread
1. Slice the onions and sauté on medium in the butter for about 30 minutes until softened (it is important to soften the onions, not brown them, so make sure to keep the stove on medium heat).
2. Add the red wine and cook off (about 5 to 7 minutes).
3. Add 4 to 6 cups of water (the water line should be just above the onions) and beef base (1 teaspoon of beef base per 8 oz. of water). I add the beef base to taste. Its a key ingredient for this recipe. Many of Barbara’s soups are made with beef, chicken or seafood base. You can purchase these at the grocery store in the same isle as the chicken and beef broths. Barbara swears by the bases and prefers them over the broths. Add the spices (play around with the spices until you get the flavor you like).
4. Simmer on the stove for 1 hour.
5. The final step to this recipe is what turns it into the “Better than Restaurant” French Onion Soup. Place a slice of French bread on the bottom of the soup bowl (make sure the bowl is oven safe).
6. Pour the soup on top of the bread.
7. Load it up with grated gruyere cheese.
8. Place in the oven on broil (make sure to keep the oven door open slightly and watch it). Take it out when the cheese is browned and bubbly and serve immediately.
This recipe serves 8 to 10 people, so cut it in half if you are cooking for just you or for 2 like me! Hope everyone has a great Valentine’s Day. Let me know how it came out…I would love to hear your comments! Happy Cooking!