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Author Notes: I love onion soup, and for the life of me don't know why rests charge so much for it when there is so little in it. The most expensive thing about it is the cheese. We like Swiss but any kind you like is just fine.
The only trick to it is to carmelize the onions, and that can take a little while, but is so worth it.
I came up with my own recipe to make it more affordable and have it any time I liked. —jane mcmillan
Serves 10 to 12
- 6 large onions, peeled and sliced thickly
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 64 ounces beef broth, home made, or two 32 oz containers beef broth
- 2 teaspoons beef base
- 1/8 teaspoon or more crushed red pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon each black pepper and dried parsley
- 1 teaspoon worchestershire sauce
- 1 large bay leaf
- 2 slices cheese per bowl of soup, we like Swiss
- 1 slice toast per bowl cut to fit crock
- Peel and slice onions 1/4 inch thick, then cut slices in half to make a half moon shape.
- Heat the butter and oil o med low heat in a stock pot, and then add the onions.
- Saute the onions, turning occasionally until they are brown and carmelized.
- Add beef stock, beef base,worchestershire sauce, and seasonings, simmer for 20 minutes.
- Set broiler to high, toast your bread,
- Ladle soup into broiler proof crock, put the toast on top, and lay cheese slices on top of that.
- Broil about 6 inches from flame until cheese is melted, gooey, and browned.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Dirt Cheap Dinner
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