Monday, February 16, 2009

French onion soup

I bought some great little soup bowls recently that are oven safe. For the longest time I hadn't had anything soup-sized that is oven safe, so when making things like French onion soup, I would have to bake the whole thing in a larger bowl, and then serve it from there. That wasn't ideal for a soup like this, which needs to have the maximum amount of cheesey goodness. According to the, French onion soup is the sexiest of soups. Valentine's day seemed like a good time to test out the new bowls. I made exactly enough for the two of us (not on purpose, but I'm glad it worked out like that) and used some bread I made when making pretzels the other day. I used a mini loaf pan about half full of the same dough as the pretzels, and baked the loaf about half an hour until dark and crusy. Toasted, it was a perfect vehicle for the cheese. 

French onion soup for two

1 T butter
1 T olive oil
2 onions, cut in half and then into thin slices
1 t thyme
a few grinds of pepper
3 c beef broth (or chicken, or vegetable)
4 thin slices of gluten-free bread
1 c grated gruyere cheese

Melt the butter with the olive oil over medium heat in a small soup pot. Add the onions and reduce the heat a little, then add thyme and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions are lightly browned and caramelized. Add beef broth and stir, scraping anything up from the bottom. Cook 10-15 minutes, then taste for salt. Toast your thin slices of gf bread on each side. Preheat the broiler, and divide the soup between two oven-safe bowls. Top with two slices of bread each, then top with cheese. Place bowls under the broiler and cook until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown. Serve immediately. 


  1. I can practically smell the yummy goodness!

  2. oh my gosh make me vegetarian gluten free french onion delicious. also: come back. I thought to go hang out with several times since you've been gone.

  3. Mmmm. I bet it'd even be good without the cheese!

  4. Anonymous2:53 PM

    made this last night... so good!!