Why are the simplest recipes the ones people screw up the most?
A lot of us get caught up in trying to make simple, classic dishes into something unique, and “special”. And a lot of times the result is “special” all right… like that kid in your 3rd grade class who brought his lunch to school in his nose, or people who park like this:
Now don’t get me wrong, jazzing up a tired old classic is all fine and dandy, but sometimes I crave an old-school classic in it’s basic form.
To that end, Robyn and I decided to make her mom’s crave-worthy French Onion Soup recipe and capture the whole process in pictures.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
3 large onions- sliced
2 tbsp sugar
1/4 cup butter
3 cans of beef broth
1 tbsp worcester sauce
1/2 tsp pepper
OXO to taste
1 mountain of cheese- Swiss, gruyere, mozza… whatever you like
Melt the butter in a large pot and add sliced onions and sugar.
Fry on low/med heat until caramelized. Stir often.
Add in beef broth and boil on medium heat for approximately 20 minutes.
Add worcester sauce, salt, and OXO.
Gently boil another 20 minutes.
Top either with toasted baguette, or use croutons like we did. ( croutons make it much easier to eat with a spoon)
Now we just need to smother it with cheese* and broil it in the oven for a few minutes. How much cheese? I usually portion out a reasonable layer that covers the bread completely. Then I double it. Seriously, don’t skimp on the cheese.
* swiss and gruyere are traditional, and in this case I used swiss. I use mozzarella often also.
Now comes the hard part….. the waiting.
Almost 5 minutes!?! Oh, the humanity!!
And the smell of the melting cheese brings you some unexpected attention.
Ok, so maybe it’s totally expected.