French onion soup is an onion and beef broth based soup traditionally served with croutons and cheese as toppings. The modern version of this soup originates in France in the 17th century, made from dry bread or croutons, beef broth, and caramelized onions. It is often broiled in a ramekin traditionally with gruyère melted on top.The rich flavor of the base is not due just to the broth, but to the caramelized onions. Caramelization, in this case, is the procedure in which the onions are cooked slowly until the melting sugars approach burning temperature, becoming brown. (From Wikipedia)
Onion soup broiling in oven toaster...............
Here is a version of my son's H French Onion soup.......
Ingredients: ( for 2 pax servings )
25 g butter and 1/2 tbsp olive oil (the butter is to brown the onions easily)
2 nos big white onions - sliced
3 cups of chicken stock or broth
1/2 tbsp sugar
Salt and pepper
Few slices of toasted garlic bread
1/4 cup of white wine or red wine
Mozzarella cheese for toppings
In a saucepan , saute the sliced onions with butter on medium high heat til well brown... be careful not to burn it. Add in sugar and keep stirring the mixture to carmelize the onions with the sugar....takes about 10 mins. Then add in the chicken stock and white wine and cook covered in a simmer for a further 20 mins til all the flavors are well bended. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
To serve, ladle the soup into 2 ramekin bowls or any heat proof bowls. Then top it with a few pieces of toasted garlic bread to cover top of bowl...next sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top of bread. Put in an oven toaster or broiler at a high temperature til the cheese melts and slightly browned. Serve immediately with some more garlic bread .
His big brother enjoying the onion soup.............