Friday, March 25, 2011 Does Rain In California

This year it really does rain in California, even Southern California. I was going through some photos yesterday and realized I had taken shots of French Onion Soup to share with you. With this rain and dampness I give you my recipe for French Onion Soup. Well, it is not my recipe, it was given to me by my college roommate Heather.. I wrote about her here. This was her Mom, Judy King‘s recipe. I am not sure if was an original or not, I have had the same card that it was written on for almost 30 years!

I love French Onion Soup… the good stuff. When I was a teenager, I would go to the Careless Navigator in Eastern Hills Mall with either my Mom or my boyfriend (now my husband). They had the best soup. Great broth in those cute little bowls with the handle. The melted cheese would ooze down the sides. YUM.  Some of the French Onion served now is basically broth with a slice of cheese slapped on the top and melted by the heat of the soup!

Not this one:

Enjoy… I feel warm inside already…

Judy King’s French Onion Soup - serves 6 to 8

6 Red Onions….over time I have cut this down to 5 onions
¼ Cup Oil
4 Tablespoons Butter
1Tablespoon Sugar
4 Cans Beef Broth (not Consomm√©)… I prefer Campbell’s… but use your fav
4 Tablespoons of Brandy (I do not use brandy in recipe)
1 Loaf of French Bread, sliced in ½” thick slices
Slices of Swiss Cheese
Grated Parmesan Cheese

Thinly slice the Red Onions

Cook onions in oil gently

when they begin to get tender add Butter and Sugar, Salt and Pepper lightly

When onions are limp, add the Beef Broth

Simmer about 20 minutes

While the soup cooks, slice the French Bread into 1/2" slices

butter and sprinkle parmesan cheese on the French Bread slices

Broil until lightly brown
Turn bread slices over and repeat on the other side

Fill bowls with soup

Place a few slices of the prepared bread on top of the soup

Top the bowls with 2 slices of Swiss cheese… let the corners hang over the sides. 
Sprinkle the top with more parmesan

Place the bowls on another pan to catch drips, place under the broiler until the cheese bubbles and browns slightly

Serve and watch the smiles of inner warmth on everyone’s faces.

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