French onion soup

6
1 hour 45 minutes

Ingredients

French onion soup

  • 1kg medium onion, brown, sliced
  • 5 tbsp of olive oil
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tsp soft brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, large, peeled and crushed
  • 250ml of dry white wine
  • 1.5l beef stock
  • 3 tsp veal jus

Gruyère toasts

  • 12 slices of baguette
  • 250g of Gruyère

Method

1
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
2
Add the sliced onions, olive oil and thyme sprigs to a large heavy duty roasting tray, season with salt and pepper and toss to combine. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 45 minutes, giving the onions a stir halfway through
3
After 45 minutes, remove the foil and the thyme springs. Stir and sprinkle over the sugar then roast uncovered for 15 minutes
4
Add the crushed garlic, stir well again and roast uncovered for a further 15 minutes
5
Remove the tray from the oven and place over a medium heat on the hob. Add the wine, stir well and allow to bubble briskly for a 3–4 minutes
6
Spoon the onion and wine mixture into a large saucepan and add the beef stock. Bring the soup to a gentle simmer and cook for 10 minutes
7
Meanwhile, toast the baguette slices in the oven for 10 minutes, turning them over halfway through until crisp but not too coloured
8
Preheat the grill its highest setting
9
Add the veal jus to the onion soup to taste, season with salt and pepper if required and stir well. Continue to simmer for a further 5 minutes
10
Ladle the soup into heatproof bowls and top each with two toasted baguette slices
11
Scatter over the grated Gruyère and sprinkle over a few thyme leaves. Place the bowls under the grill until the cheese is bubbling then serve immediately