Men, this is the perfect dish to make on a cold night for that special someone in your life. Not only will she be impressed by your culinary abilities, but she’ll be pleasantly amazed at how thoughtful you are.
2 large onions (I prefer Red Bermuda onions)
3 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
6 cups of beef stock (NOT a bouillon or broth. Try Swanson or Knorr Beef Stock.)
1 bay leaf
¼ teaspoon dried thyme
Slices of French bread
Grated Gruyere or Baby Swiss (Do not use a cheese that is aged or sharp)
1 teaspoon of sherry (optional)
salt and pepper
Step 1. Peel and French cut the onions (for instructions, try here). They should be thin. If the onions are large, quarter them.
Step 2. Melt the butter in the soup pot, along with the olive oil. (TIP: Do not put cold butter into a scalding hot pot. Let the butter come to room temperature and keep the pot on medium heat.)
Step 3. Add the onions and toss in the hot butter and oil. When the onions turn translucent, spread them to the outer part of the soup pot leaving the center clear. Place the pot on a small back burner on the lowest setting. Cover and forget it for 45 minutes. This process is called “sweating,” and after 45 minutes the onions will be soft and limp. (ATTN: Men! Fear not. It’s perfectly ok to want onions to be soft & limp.)
Step 4: Put the pot back onto a regular burner at medium heat and add the flour. The flour will absorb the oils and start to darken. It only takes a minute or two for the flour to cook.
Step 5: Add the beef stock, thyme, bay leaf, and sherry (optional) and bring to a boil for ten minutes. This is a good time to lightly toast the French bread.
Step 6: Add salt and pepper to taste.
Step 7: Find that bay leaf and discard it.
Step 8: Fill two soup crocks with the onion soup. Cut a slice of French bread to size, place on top and cover with cheese. Place the crocks into a 350 degree oven. Once the cheese melts, turn on the broiler for a few minutes to make the cheese a little brown on top. And it’s done.
Step 9: Cuddle up on the couch with the soup and a good romantic movie. (Tip: Try “Love Actually”)
Step 10: Prepare a candlelight bubble bath.
Step 11: If you need more instructions at this point, seek professional assistance.