Department Store Onion Soup

Department Store Onion Soup


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About this recipe: This is an awesome French Onion Soup made at some of the old Famous Barr Department Store Cafeterias.


Serves: 12 

  • 1/2 cup (110g) butter
  • 2.2kg yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup (30g) plain flour
  • 3 litres beef stock
  • 1 cup (250ml) white wine
  • 1 dash browning sauce
  • 1 loaf French bread, cut into 2.5cm slices
  • 2 cups (240g) shredded Swiss cheese

Prep:20min  ›  Cook:3hr45min  ›  Ready in:4hr5min 

  1. Melt the butter in a large pot over low heat. Add the onions; cook, stirring occasionally for 1 1/2 hours.
  2. When the onions are ready, add the pepper, salt, bay leaf and flour. Stir over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour in the beef stock and white wine. Simmer for 2 hours over low heat. Adjust the coloring to a rich brown with the browning sauce. Taste, and adjust salt if needed.
  3. Preheat your oven's broiler. Ladle the soup into oven-proof bowls, and place them on a baking tray. Float a slice of French bread in each bowl, and top with some Swiss cheese. Broil until cheese is browned. Serve immediately.

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