WHAT IS FRENCH ONION SOUP?
French onion soup is one of those dishes most people only have in restaurants–with its cheese crust it seems like it would be hard to make at home, but nothing could be more wrong. French onion soup is fairly simple–even if you don’t have those lovely little clay crocks they use to serve this favorite in French restaurants.
SUGGESTIONS WHEN MAKING FRENCH ONION SOUP
- Start With the Stock
The best French onion soup starts with the best tasting broth. If we were you, we wouldn’t leave anything to chance so start out with our rich Beef Stock Once you’ve got the stock down there’s a couple of other must-do’s for excellent onion soup. First: choose your onions carefully -we like a sweet onion like Vidalia or Maui Sweets. Next, make sure you have variety so you’ll want to use shallots and garlic too.
- Be Choosey With the Cheese
You’ll often see Gruyere tagged as the cheese of choice for French Onion Soup, but we prefer Comté, a rich French cheese with a distinct flavor and aroma. We also like to keep our bread on the side instead of dunking it into the soup–of course you can certainly dunk yours if your prefer–just be sure it’s well-toasted first.
WHAT PAIRS WELL WITH FRENCH ONION SOUP?
In terms of a red wine, a Pinot Noir or Côtes du Rhône will work. If you’re in the mood for a white, try a Riesling, Pinot Gris or Chenin Blanc. For food accompaniments, soup is a great starter course. So follow it with something hearty. This soup is traditionally an Alpine recipe, so don’t be afraid to serve it with a Chicken Cordon Bleu! (written by Chef Stef)