Updated: Jan 19
French Onion Soup is one of the most popular soups in restaurants, it's cheap and straightforward to make but tastes delicious. With perfectly cooked onions and toasted bread oozing with melted cheese, what's not to love!
You may have looked over this recipe and noticed that it contains red wine for deglazing the pan. This step is crucial; at the bottom of your pan, you may find parts of the onion or herbs that stick. Using the wine to deglaze the pan or remove these stuck pieces of ingredients, you are bringing these flavorings back into the soup.
When I begin making my recipes, I like to look at what other people have done to gain inspiration. For this particular soup, some contain wine; some don't. Some want you to use white wine; some want red wine or sherry. The same can be said with the onions; some want you to use red onion, some white onion, and some yellow onion.
So why did I use the combination of a yellow onion and red wine? I used a yellow onion because they tend to be sweeter and won't overpower the other flavorings as a stronger red onion may. As for the wine, using a white wine with a yellow onion would create far too sweet of a soup; a red wine creates a more robust flavor profile.
As usual, I must put upon you my propaganda for fresh herbs. Please, do not use dried sawdust herbs in this recipe, or any recipe. Dried herbs lack a tremendous amount of flavor that could have been captured by using fresh herbs. It is near effortless to use fresh herbs. All you have to do in soups is take them out of the box, tie them together, and put them in your pot.
I have come across numerous people who are afraid of using fresh herbs because they don't know how. Don't overcomplicate this here; tie them together and place them in your soup… it's as simple as that.
Not to mention that this soup is topped with the most fantastic baguette and gruyere cheese; put your spoon past these two layers, and you'll find yourself in soup heaven!
And with my propaganda out of the way, let's begin cooking!
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- I cant say it enough, using fresh herbs is imperative to this soup. You will see a night and day difference between fresh herbs and dried.