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Famous-Barr's French Onion Soup
 

This is another recipe from Bill Hilbrich from Saint Cloud, Minnesota. If you would like to know a little bit more about Bill have a look at his Bio page - click here.

Bill says: "I do not presume to tell your European readers how to make French Onion Soup. However they might find it interesting to learn how it is made in one of our cities. One of St. Louis Missouri's favorite soup recipes was recently printed in the Post-Dispatch. I remember going to St. Louis when I was young and my family going into the department store's restaurant for this famous soup. Enjoy! Famous-Barr's French Onion Soup".

Ingredients

5 lbs onions, unpeeled
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper, freshly ground
2 tablespoons paprika
1 bay leaf
7 (16 ounce) cans beef broth, divided (recommended Swanson's)
1 cup dry white wine (optional)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour or instant flour such as Wondra
caramel coloring or kitchen bouquet
2 teaspoons salt
French baguettes (optional)
Swiss cheese or gruyere cheese

Method
  • Peel onions and slice 1/8 inch thick, preferably in a food processor.
  • Melt butter in a 6-quart (or larger) stockpot. Add onions; cook, uncovered, over low heat for 1 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally. (The long cooking time makes the onions mellow and sweet.)
  • Stir in pepper, paprika and bay leaf; sauté over low heat 10 minutes more, stirring frequently.
  • Pour in 6 cans broth and wine. Increase heat and bring to a boil.
  • Dissolve flour in remaining 1 can broth.
  • Stir into boiling soup.
  • Reduce heat and simmer slowly for 2 hours.
  • Adjust color to a rich brown with caramel coloring, season with salt. Refrigerate overnight. To serve, heat soup in microwave or on stove top.
  • If desired, pour into ovenproof crocks or bowls.
  • Top with a slice of bread and a sprinkling of grated cheese. Heat under the broiler until cheese melts and bubbles, about 5 minutes.
  • Leftover soup can be frozen.

Serves 1

Bill Hilbrich

 
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