Recipe Box, French Onion Soup with Gruyere & Bacon Croutons

After a long busy weekend, Thanksgiving parties 3 nights in a row, and then the Iron Bowl on Saturday, HH & I were craving something light and simple.  We decided to curl up in front of the TV last night with a steaming bowl of homemade soup.  Onion soup is one of those universal recipes that everyone seems to have a version of, but my secret is the easy trick I use to make it and the fancy way I like to serve it.

A little effort in presentation elevates a ho-hum soup & sandwich meal into FRENCH ONION SOUP with GRUYERE & BACON CROUTONS! Sounds better, yes?

These are the soup ingredients, basically onions, beef broth, butter and spices

While I was prepping food for the Iron Bowl party Saturday, I sliced the onions and tossed them in a large skillet on medium low with some butter and Olive oil, and let them slowly cook down to a wonderful caramelized onion pan full of flavor.  This is a great thing to cook while you’re in the kitchen anyway, they just need an occasional stir…

When they were nice and caramelized I added them to my sprayed slow cooker removable cooking pot with the rest of the ingredients, put the lid on and stuck it in the fridge.  That’s it!   Yesterday afternoon I pulled it out and put the soup in the cooker and set it on low for about 4 hours and the soup was hot and delicious.

I cooked the bacon Saturday too, I just put a pan full of strips in the oven on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and baked it for about 20-25 minutes at 350 until nice and crispy.  When the bacon is done, drain it well on paper towels, then wrap in a fresh paper towel and put in a ziplock baggie and tuck away in the fridge.  This is a great way to have bacon at the ready.  It will keep in your fridge for several days and you can use it for sandwiches, salads, in casseroles or toppings.

At dinner time all I had to do is assemble the sandwiches, and bake them until hot and toasty and dinner was ready!

Of course you can serve them the traditional way, or you can top your soup with a thick cheese topped toast, but I really don’t like a big gloppy hunk of bread in my onion soup, it’s too hard to eat!  So, I like to compromise by serving skewers of cheese and bread that can be dunked and nibbled!

I hope you enjoyed  your Sunday, and rest up, the holidays are just beginning!

Here’s the recipe:

FRENCH ONION SOUP     for a printable version click here
4 medium onions, thinly sliced
4 T butter
2 T flour
3 healthy dashes garlic powder
1/4 tsp dry mustard
2 tsp sugar
4 c DOUBLE strength beef broth, use bouillon cubes to make it rather than buying the canned broth, it won’t be rich enough
1 c sherry
1/2 c Chardonnay or any white wine
2 dashes worcestershire
dashes allspice, white pepper

Bacon & Gruyere Croutons or

Pepperidge farm thin white bread toasted
swiss cheese

Saute onions in butter over medium heat til golden 20-30 min.  Lower heat and add flour, garlic, mustard, and sugar, stirring well 1-3 min.  until mixture resembles a roux.  Transfer onions to slow cooker. Add liquids and remaining spices and cover.  Refrigerate overnight. Cook on low heat for 4 hours and top with croutons or toasted bread and cheese.  Makes 4-5 servings

GRUYERE BACON CROUTONS

I used fresh crusty poppy seed water rolls from the bakery, split and toasted  them and filled with thick slices of Gruyere cheese and cooked bacon strips.  Then I wrapped the sandwiches in foil and put them in a 300 degree oven for 20 minutes and then cut them in 1/4s and put them on wooden skewers to serve.  A grilled cheese sandwich would be pretty awesome too…on some nice crusty sour dough…oh I am getting hungry!

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10 Responses to “Recipe Box, French Onion Soup with Gruyere & Bacon Croutons”
  1. I love your twist on French Onion Soup! Such a great idea to make your cheese and bread dunkable!!!! YUMMY! Thanks for sharing at ON THE MENU MONDAY!

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  2. lulu says:

    After all the stuffing I’ve been doing the last few days this sounds like a delightful change of menu.

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  3. You had me at “bacon” … these look delish! Oh well. So much for my plans to try and drop a few pounds before Christmas …

    🙂

    Linda

    P.S. Thanks for your very lovely comment on my blog!

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  4. Super cute presentation. I definitely like the sandwich idea with the soup.

    I nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award.

    http://www.loavesndishes.com/2012/11/liebster-blog-award.html

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    • Thanks Kari, I appreciate you nominating me for the Liebster blog award, do I just do a post about it like you did? I’m not sure I know 11 other new bloggers, so not sure what to do. Thanks for your help and the nice comments.
      Jenna

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  5. casteb says:

    Oh, wow, this sounds delicious! I’ve been looking for a French Onion Recipe that would fit our low-carb diet, so I would need to leave off the sandwiches.

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  6. bj says:

    am making this to serve to my 11 Bunco ladies …they are gonna love me forever….and I’m gonna love you forever for bringing this recipe and adorable way to serve it to my attention.
    THANK YOU…..

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