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French Onion Soup (Jim's Best)

Recipe By : Jim H.
Serving Size : 6 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Volume 13-05 May 2010

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
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3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 3 pieces
6 large yellow onions -- (about 4 pounds),
halved and cut pole to pole
into 1/4-inch-thick slices
Table salt
2 cups water -- plus
extra for deglazing
1/2 cup dry sherry
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 cups beef broth
6 fresh thyme sprigs
tied with kitchen twine
1 bay leaf
Ground black pepper.
**Cheese Croutons**
1 small baguette -- cut
into 1/2-inch slices
8 ounces Gruyere -- shredded
[about 2 1/2 cups]

For the Soup:

Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat oven to 400F. 

Generously spray inside of heavy-bottomed large (at least 7-quart) 
Dutch oven with nonstick cooking spray. Place butter in pot and add 
onions and 1 teaspoon salt. Cook, covered, 1 hour (onions will be 
moist and slightly reduced in volume). Remove pot from oven and stir 
onions, scraping bottom and sides of pot. Return pot into the oven 
with lid slightly ajar and continue to cook until onions are very 
soft and golden brown, 1 1/2 to 1 3/4 hours longer, stirring onions 
and scraping bottom and sides of pot after one hour.

Carefully remove pot from oven and place over medium-high stove 
top burner. Using oven mitt to handle pot, cook onions, stirring 
frequently and scraping bottom and sides of pot, until liquid 
evaporates and onions brown, 15 to 20 minutes, reducing heat to 
medium if onions are browning too quickly. Continue to cook, 
stirring frequently, until pot bottom is coated with dark crust, 
6 to 8 minutes, adjusting heat as necessary. Scrape any fond that 
collects on spoon back into onions. Stir in 1/4 cup water, scraping 
pot bottom to loosen crust, and cook until water evaporates and pot 
bottom has formed another dark crust, 6 to 8 minutes. Repeat 
process of deglazing two or three more times, until onions are very 
dark brown. Stir in sherry and cook, stirring frequently, until 
sherry evaporates, about five minutes.

Stir in broths, 2 cups water, thyme, bay leaf and 1/2 teaspoon 
salt, scraping up any final bits of brown crust on the bottom and 
sides of pot. Increase heat to high and bring to simmer. Reduce 
heat to low, cover and simmer 30 minutes. Remove and discard herbs 
and season with salt and pepper to taste.

For the Croutons:

While soup simmers, arrange baguette slices in single layer on 
baking sheet and bake in 400F oven until bread is dry, crisp and 
golden at edges, about 10 minutes. Set aside.

To Serve:

Adjust oven rack 6 inches from broiler element and heat broiler. 
Set individual broiler safe crocks on baking sheet and fill each 
with about 1 3/4 cups soup. Top each bowl with 1 to 2 baguette 
slices (do not overlap slices) and sprinkle evenly with gruyere. 
Broil until cheese is melted and bubbly around edges, 3 to 5 
minutes. Let cool 5 minutes before serving.

Serves six.

Recipe from Jim H. MC format by Hallie. Untried.

Contributed to the FareShare Gazette by Hallie; 31 May 2010.

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Per Serving (excluding unknown items): 311 Calories; 4g Fat (11.6% calories from 
fat); 19g Protein; 51g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 921mg 
Sodium. Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain(Starch); 1 Lean Meat; 1 1/2 Vegetable; 1/2 Fat.

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