Wednesday, November 10, 2010

French Onion Soup for the Time-Challenged

Traditional French onion soup is often prepared with stock made from beef bones, a method that is sometimes too lengthy for today’s busy schedules. Imagine brand Organic Beef Flavored Broth has an authentic beef broth flavor. The result here is a traditional, French onion soup that tasters will think you spent hours preparing.

Helpful to know: Imagine Organic Beef Flavored Broth can be found in most health oriented grocery stores nationwide.

2 tablespoons butter, plus extra for buttering French bread rounds

8 cups yellow onions, thinly sliced

4 tablespoons cooking sherry

One 32-ounce container beef broth

1 teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

In a large pot over moderate heat, melt butter; add onions and sauté for 15-20 minutes or until onions begin to brown. Add cooking sherry, beef broth, salt and pepper to taste. Cover soup, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

4 slices day-old French bread rounds (1 round per serving bowl)

Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Gruyere or Swiss cheese, sliced to desired thickness

Spread French bread rounds with butter, top each round with grated Parmesan cheese. Toast until light brown in either a 350° oven or toaster oven. Preheat oven to Broil. Set ovenproof soup bowls on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet. Place 1 toasted round in the bottom of each bowl; ladle hot soup over round, filling nearly to the top. Lay desired number of cheese slices over soup, allowing cheese to overlap sides of bowl. Broil until cheese bubbles and is chestnut brown in spots. Watch closely, the cheese browns quickly. Yield: 4 servings.