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       Title: French Onion Soup
  Categories: Soups, Ceideburg 2
       Yield: 1 servings
  
       3 tb Butter
       1 tb Light olive oil or fresh
            -peanut oil
       8 c  Thinly sliced onions (2 1/2
            -pounds)
     1/2 ts Each salt and sugar (sugar
            -helps the onions to brown)
       2 tb Flour
   2 1/2 qt Homemade beef stock, (see
            -following recipe for
            -stock), at
            Least 2 cups of which
            -should be hot
       4    To 5 tablespoons Cognac,
            -Armagnac, or other good
            -brandy
       1 c  Dry white French vermouth
  
   The following three recipes are from the book by Julia Child that I
   was raving about the other day.  They actually produce two dishes;
   the basic butterflied chicken recipe can stand alone or be used as
   the starting point for all sorts of variations++the Mustard Coated
   Chicken is just one of the possible take-offs using it.  It’s nicely
   hoity-toity in appearance and tastes great.
   
   This is certainly one of the all-time favorites.  The canned and
   packaged onion soups I've tried have been very good, and the only way
   to better them is for you to have your own beautiful beef stock.
   However, bought onion soup will benefit from the flavor additions
   suggested here. TIMING: For most delicious results, you want a slow
   simmer for 2 3/4 to 3 hours.
   
   SPECIAL EQUIPMENT SUGGESTED:
   
   A food processor with slicing blade or a hand slicer is useful for the
   onions; a heavy-bottomed 3-quart saucepan with cover for onion
   cooking and simmering.
   
   Browning the onions - 40 minutes.  Set the saucepan over moderate
   heat with the butter and oil; when the butter has melted, stir in the
   onions, cover the pan, and cook slowly until tender and translucent,
   about 10 minutes. Blend in the salt and sugar, raise heat to
   moderately high, and let the onions brown, stirring frequently until
   they are dark walnut color, 25 to 30 minutes.
   
   Simmering the soup.  Sprinkle in the flour and cook slowly, stirring,
   for another 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove from heat, let cool a moment,
   then whisk in 2 cups of hot stock.  When well blended, bring to the
   simmer, adding the rest of the stock, the Cognac or brandy, and the
   vermouth. Cover loosely, and simmer very slowly 1 1/2 hours, adding a
   little water if the liquid reduces too much.  Correct seasoning.
   
   Ahead-of-time note:  May be prepared in advance; chill uncovered, then
   cover and refrigerate or freeze.
   
   Serving.  Serve the soup as it is, accompanying it with French bread
   and a bowl of grated Swiss or Parmesan cheese, or gratine it as
   follows. Makes about 2 1/2 quarts, serving 6.
   
   VARIATION:
   
   ONION SOUP GRATINEED:  When onion soup is a main course, bake it in
   the oven with cheese and toasted French bread, and bring it all
   crusty and bubbling to the table.  A big salad, more bread and
   cheese, and fruit could finish the meal,; accompanied by a bottle or
   two of fruity white wine, like a sauvignon blanc or even a
   gewurztraminer.
   
   MANUFACTURING NOTE:  Be sure you have a homemade type of bread with
   body here because flimsy loaves will disintegrate into a slimy mass;
   a recipe for your own homemade French bread also follows.
   
   12 or more Hard-Toasted French Bread Rounds (follows, too) [I left it
   out. S.C.] 1 to 2 ounces Swiss cheese, very thinly sliced Ingredients
   for the preceding French Onion Soup, heated 3/4 to 1 cup finely
   grated Swiss or Parmesan cheese
   
   SPECIAL EQUIPMENT SUGGESTED:  A lightly buttered 3-quart ovenproof
   casserole or baking dish about 3 inches deep - good-looking if
   possible. Assembling and baking - about 30 minutes.  Preheat the oven
   to 425F and set the rack in the lower middle level.  Line the bottom
   of the casserole with half the slices of toasted French bread, and
   spread over them the sliced cheese.  Ladle on the hot onion soup and
   float over them a layer of toasted bread, topping with the grated
   cheese.  At once set in the preheated oven and bake for 20 to 30
   minutes, until the cheese has melted and browned nicely.  Serve as
   soon as possible, if you dally too long, the toast topping may sink
   into the soup.
   
   From “The Way to Cook”, Julia Child, Alfred Knopf, 1989. ISBN
   0-394-53264-3
   
   Posted by Stephen Ceideberg; September 16 1992.
  
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