It's another snow day here and I'm making french onion soup; a soup from our local department store called Famous-Barr (now just another average Macy's...blah). The soup is from back in the day when department stores had restaurants and escalator rides to elaborate visits with Santa (like Elf).
This soup takes some time and lots of slicing but, like anything warm and topped with toasted bread and cheese, it's worth it.
Famous-Barr French Onion Soup
- 5 pounds onions
- 1 stick unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 Tbsp paprika
- 3/4 C flour
- 3 qts beef broth
- 1 C white wine
- 2 tsp salt
- sourdough or french baguettes
- swiss or gruyere chesse
Peel and slice onions and add them, along with the stick of butter, to a large stock pot. Cook (uncovered) over low heat for 1 1/2 hours. Add pepper, paprika, salt, and flour and saute for about 10 minutes. Add broth and wine, bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer for 2 hours. Pour soup into ovenproof crocks or bowls and top with sourdough bread and cheese. Heat under broiler until cheese melts (about 5 minutes).
My sister snapped the picture of my house yesterday morning ...from across the street and through the trees. I LOVE it!