French Onion Soup
There is nothing more comforting on a chilly day than a warm bowl of French Onion Soup. Try this recipe with our Wood River Creamery Herbes de Provence Cheese.
- 2 tbsp canola oil
- 2 tbsp butter
- 5 medium cooking onions, sliced (about 2 1/2 lb)
- 1/2 tsp each salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp tomato paste
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1/3 cup brandy
- 2 bay leaves
- 6 cups low-sodium beef broth
- 1 egg
- 1 sheet pre-rolled puff pastry
- 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives
- 3 cups shredded Wood River Creamery Herbes de Provence
In Dutch oven or large saucepan, melt oil and butter over medium-low heat; cook onions, salt and pepper, stirring regularly, for 1 hour. Add sugar; cook for about 20 minutes or until dark golden brown and caramelized.
Increase heat to medium; sprinkle flour over top. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Add tomato paste; cook for 1 minute. Slowly stir in wine, brandy and bay leaves; bring to simmer.
Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10 minutes or until reduced slightly. Pour in broth and return to simmer; simmer gently for 20 to 25 minutes or until flavors are well blended.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 425°F. Beat egg with 1 tbsp water; set aside. On lightly floured work surface, cut out 6 pastry rounds using 3 1/2-inch round cutter. Place on parchment paper–lined baking sheet. Brush each round with egg wash and prick all over with a fork. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until puffed and golden brown. Let cool.
Preheat broiler. Remove bay leaves from soup; stir in parsley and chives. Place 6 ovenproof crocks or ramekins on a baking sheet. Ladle soup evenly into crocks about three-quarters full. Working quickly, top each with baked puff pastry round and sprinkle evenly with cheese. Broil for 2 or 3 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.