Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Recipe: French Onion Soup

I decided to make french onion soup last night in between laundromat trips. My grandmother loved this soup and I had it almost everyday during the last trip to Paris.

Step one is to thinly slice four red onions and four leeks. Wearing swim goggles during this step looks totally ridiculous...but then so does getting all weepy over a pile of onions. I used chicken broth instead of beef and red wine because that's all I had. Next time, I'll caramelize the onions for more like 50-60 minutes instead of 30 minutes.

I served the finished soup with stale bread and gruyère broiled on the top and a big green salad on the side. This would be a perfect Valentine's Day dinner, just be sure to make the soup a couple days ahead of time so your entire house doesn't smell like onion for your romantic evening.

6 comments:

Janet said...

Yum! This posting has definitely fortified a menu choice for this weekend!

Jessica said...

I'm glad to know I'm not the only person who had used goggles for tear prevention. Now if I store my onions in the fridge, use a very sharp knife, and give them a quick rinse after the first big cut I don't have near as much trouble. But, recipes like this are usually the exception because you have to cut onion for so long it catches up with you eventually.

That was a really long comment about onions. Sorry.

Chelsea said...

Yum! This is one of my favorite meals.

Kealoha said...

Lighting a small kitchen candle helps too- burns off the gases from the onion as you chop....

Anonymous said...

Ok this is going to sound strange -but it works - place a piece of Bread (a think french or something works better than sliced snadwhich bread) in your mouth - don't chew it - while you slice your onions. Cuts done on the tears...Melissa

Katie said...

I am really sensative to chopping onions. I've set up a fan in my kitchen and blow air across my work surface so that the fumes don't go up to my face. Works like a charm and I don't have to find goggles everytime I chop (which is almost every day).