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French Onion Soup

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Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds yellow onions halved, and sliced 1/4" thick - (8 cups)
  • 1/4 pound unsalted butter
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup medium-dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup brandy or Cognac
  • 1 1/2 cups good dry white wine
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • 4 cups veal stock
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-ground white pepper
  • Freshly-grated Parmesan

Details

Servings 4

Preparation

Step 1

In a large stockpot on medium-high heat, saute the onions with the butter and bay leaf for 20 minutes, until the onions turn a rich golden brown color. Deglaze the pan with the sherry and brandy and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Add the white wine and simmer uncovered for 15 more minutes.

Add the beef and veal stocks plus salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then simmer uncovered for 20 minutes. Remove the bay leaf, taste for salt and pepper, and serve hot with grated Parmesan.

This recipe yields 4 to 6 servings.

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