Onion Soup

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Onion soup [1][2] light meal, yet deep taste.


  • 6 ounces butter
  • 3 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces port
  • 2 ounces balsamic vinegar
  • 2 quarts/2.2 liters dark chicken stock
  • 4 ounces/112 g slab bacon, cut into 1/2" x 1 cm cubes
  • 1 bouquet garni
  • salt & pepper
  • 16 baguette croutons (slice and toast in oven with olive oil)
  • 12 ounces/340 g grated Gruyère cheese (or swiss cheese)


Melt butter on medium heat, to brown. Include onions, to brown ~20 min. Turn up heat to medium high and include port and vinegar and stir. Combine chicken stock, bacon and bouquet garni, to boil. Add salt & pepper, simmer for ~50 minutes. Skim top. Discard the bouquet garni from the broth. Ladle soup into individual pots/bowls suited for the oven. Place 2 croutons in each bowl then completely cover with cheese. Put in broiler or preheated 425 degree F oven until melted dark golden cheese covers the bowls.


  1. Test Kitchen Favorites. Taste of Home. 2004. pp. 64. http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/French-Onion-Soup-4. 
  2. Bourdain, Anthony (2004). anthony bourdain's LES HALLES COOKBOOK Strategies, Recipes and Techniques of Classic Bistro Cooking with José De Meirelles & Philippe Lajaunie. Bloomsbury, New York and London. pp. 45-46. ISBN 158234180X (hc). 

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