This dish is sure to bring tears to your eyes...when you cut the onions, you'll cry yourself silly, unless you've developed swift slicing skills. I slice relatively swiftly, but not fast enough to spare myself the spectacle of sobbing in the kitchen over a cutting-board full of onions. This French Onion Soup is simple to make, requires only a few ingredients, and tastes as though you spent hours slaving over the stove. It is simple, flavorful, and highlights the flavor of the onions.
French Onion Soup
4 large yellow onions, sliced
olive oil--to caramelize onions (enough to coat the bottom of the pot)
1 cup homemade chicken stock
water--to make the soup as brothy or as oniony as you like it
salt and pepper to taste
Jarlesberg cheese, grated (enough to top each toast)
1 slice toasted (per bowl of soup) Sourdough bread (or French crusty bread)
1. heat olive oil in pot and slice onions.
2. add onions to pot and slowly cook until transluscent
3. Add chicken stock and water, cook for about 20 minutes to allow the flavors to mingle
4. salt and pepper to taste
5. Turn broiler on, grate cheese and toast bread.
6. ladle soup into oven-safe bowls, place one slice of bread on top of the soup, cover with cheese and broil until golden, about 5 minutes. Be sure to watch your soup so it doesn't burn!