"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > Recipes & Ingredients > Soups, Stews & Casseroles > Soups
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-29-2011, 02:51 AM   #1
Chef Extraordinaire
 
buckytom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 18,712
ISO French Onion Soup recipe, TNT please.

lately, we've gone to a few restaurants that all claim to have the best french onion soup around. i love french onion soup, so i often order it when it's on a menu, especially with such lofty claims.

all were not kidding! we've had some really good french onion soups recently, so i thought i should give it a go at home. the best two so far were at big daddy's bbq in bartonsville, pennsylvania, and at the iron horse restaurant in westwood, n.j..

does anyone have a tnt recipe for their french onion soup? i was thinking of starting on the stove (to carmelize the onions) and finishing in a crock pot if possible.

tia.

__________________

__________________
in nomine patri, et fili, et spiritus sancti.


Meh nom eh noh...doot dooooo do do do.
buckytom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 10:09 AM   #2
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,349
BT here's my adaption of one of Julia's onion soup recipes.

I don't think you'll need slow cooker. It doesn't have to cook that long.

Good luck in your quest.


French Onion Soup

6 C Sliced Onions1
1 Tb Olive Oil
3 Tb Butter
1 tsp Salt
tsp Sugar
3 Tb Flour
8 C Beef Broth
C White Wine
2 Tb Brandy
In Slices if French Bread
Olive Oil
8 Oz Gruyere Cheese, shredded

Peel and slice the onions into thin, short slices.

Heat a large pan and add the oil and butter.

Add the onions and cook over low heat, covered, for 15 minutes.

Add the salt and sugar and stir them into the onions. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook, uncovered, for 30-40 minutes, stirring frequently. The onions should be a dark golden brown when done.

Sprinkle the flour onto the onions and cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.

Combine the liquids and stir them into the onion mixture. Scrape the bottom of the pan to unstick any cooked on food bits. Simmer, covered, for 30 minutes.

Spread the slices of bread with olive oil on both sides and toast under the broiler until golden brown.

Ladle the soup into crocks, cover with toasted bread. Divide the cheese among the crocks.

Place the crocks on a cookie sheet and place under the broiler. Broil until the cheese is bubbling.


1 Use one of the sweet varieties of onion, such as Vidalia or Maui. Spanish onions are also a good choice. Four of these onions should equal 6 cups. A combination of different onions can be used.
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 06:58 PM   #3
Everymom
 
Alix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 23,184
Hey BT, I don't have exact measurements (so use Andy's!) but as an alternative, I slice my onions, toss them with oil and put them on a baking sheet in the oven. I also roast the beef bones in the oven before I make the stock. I don't use sherry, I use either brandy or whatever red wine happens to be open. If the red wine is particularly acidic, I will add a bit of brown sugar to the stock.

I will note that the best way to do the "topping" is to cube up some french bread and let it get thoroughly stale. The cubes are WAY easier to use when broiling the cheese. You can get a more uniform layer. French bread also sucks up the soup the best.

Whatever recipe you choose, make sure you fill the bowls quite full with piping hot soup, top with the cubed bread and leave for a moment to absorb some liquid. Then top with whatever cheese you are using and pop under the broiler just long enough to bubble the cheese.
__________________
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams
Alix
Alix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 09:53 PM   #4
Chef Extraordinaire
 
buckytom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: My mountain
Posts: 18,712
thanks very much andy and alix. you guys are the best.

andy, that looks very do-able for me. i can't wait to try it out. maybe later this week. will post results.

alix, thanks for the tips. i like the idea of using bread cubes instead of a big hunk o' bread in the middle. that's the way the restaurant big daddy's bbq in the poconos does it, which i liked very much. no tring to saw off a piece of bread with a spoon.

now i need to find some soup crocks.
__________________
in nomine patri, et fili, et spiritus sancti.


Meh nom eh noh...doot dooooo do do do.
buckytom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 09:59 PM   #5
Everymom
 
Alix's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Edmonton, Alberta
Posts: 23,184
Mine are from the dollar store...and they are TOUGH.
__________________
You're only given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it. Robin Williams
Alix
Alix is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 10:08 PM   #6
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,349
Quote:
Originally Posted by buckytom View Post
...no tring to saw off a piece of bread with a spoon...
This is the most annoying part of the process for me. The 'best' way is to buy a big round loaf and use the inverted bowl as a template to cut rounds of bread from slices off the loaf. Then toast the rounds - perfect fit. But it really wrecks a loaf of bread.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 10:28 PM   #7
Chef Extraordinaire
 
pacanis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW PA
Posts: 18,751
I've had crocks on my mind, too. I know I've got somewhere, or used to... but dang if I can find them. I need to Google them I guess, as Kohl's didn't have them.
AB had a Vidialia onion recipe I wanted to try.
__________________
Give us this day our daily bacon.
pacanis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 10:30 PM   #8
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,349
I made it with all vidalias once and didn't care fore the sweetness. I usually go with a mixture of different onion types.
__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 10:33 PM   #9
Chef Extraordinaire
 
pacanis's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: NW PA
Posts: 18,751
Thanks for the input, Andy. Maybe I'll just make one crock at a time until I hit on something I like.
__________________
Give us this day our daily bacon.
pacanis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-29-2011, 10:33 PM   #10
Certified Pretend Chef
 
Andy M.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Massachusetts
Posts: 41,349
Your tastes may differ. Try it.
__________________

__________________
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
Andy M. is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
onion, recipe, soup

ISO French Onion Soup recipe, TNT please. lately, we've gone to a few restaurants that all claim to have the best french onion soup around. i love french onion soup, so i often order it when it's on a menu, especially with such lofty claims. all were not kidding! we've had some really good french onion soups recently, so i thought i should give it a go at home. the best two so far were at big daddy's bbq in bartonsville, pennsylvania, and at the iron horse restaurant in westwood, n.j.. does anyone have a tnt recipe for their french onion soup? i was thinking of starting on the stove (to carmelize the onions) and finishing in a crock pot if possible. tia. :chef: 3 stars 1 reviews
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:31 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.