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Today I am partnering with Sargento Cheese to share my favorite French onion soup recipe! I just loved how it turned out! I think the flavor is deep, robust and spot on! Sargento Sliced Swiss Cheese, paired with their Artisan Blends Shredded Swiss Cheese is the perfect addition and finishing touch to the soup, and the gooey cheese with the baguette croutons makes for such tasty soup!
Each year I love to put together a fun Fall Dinner for my family to help welcome in the season, and sometimes I like to add a few spooky touches as we gear up to celebrate Halloween. The kids think it is so fun to have a few twists on an otherwise normal dinner, and we love to sit down together and enjoy a nice meal as a family!
For our Fall Family dinner this year, I decided to prepare a French onion soup! There is not much that is as comforting as a bowl of French onion soup with that nice gooey warm cheese and crouton! It’s a favorite among the adults and kids! To add a little twist on and add a little spooky flair, I decided to surprise the kids with a few little ghoulish eyes to top their soup, and they just thought it was so fun! Just a few little adjustments, and they are so pleased! I love seeing how excited they get about the little things!
I set the table with a nod to the season, but used some not-so-traditional fall colors, to create a fun yet sophisticated setting with a few little spooks thrown in there! I also think this would make a lovely table for just about any season minus the pumpkins and spooks, but also it would be perfect for a Thanksgiving spread!
I love that we have kept this tradition alive over the years, and the kids think it is so fun to have an otherwise regular family dinner be a little more dressed up, and festive than normal! I love to sprinkle little goodies throughout the table, and serve some fresh apple cider! They made cheers all throughout the dinner! I just love something to celebrate, and most of all having fun traditions and making lasting memories to look back on in years to come!
Be sure to check out the full recipe below!
French Onion Soup Recipe
1 cube unsalted butter
5 large onions (I like to do a variety, 2 sweet onions, 3 yellow onions, 2 Shallots)
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 sprigs of fresh thyme
3 dried bay leaves
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 cup white wine
2 quarts or 64 oz (2 32 oz boxes) organic beef broth
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper to taste
1 French baguette, sliced
Place the sliced French bread onto a cookie sheet, and spread a thin layer of butter on each piece or brush with olive oil. Place in the oven on Broil, until the top is golden and crisp. Turn over the slices of bread onto the other side, and toast the other side. Remove from oven and set aside baguette slices.
In a large soup pot, or heavy bottom Dutch oven pot, melt the butter over medium heat. Add onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, and some salt and fresh ground pepper. Cook and caramelized the onions over medium low heat for 25 minutes stirring occasionally. If the onions start to brown too quickly, reduce the heat and stir more frequently.
After the onions have caramelized, and softened, add the 2 tablespoons flour and mix into the onions well. Stir and cook for 2 minutes to cook out the raw flour taste on a medium low heat. Stir in the wine, and bring to a simmer. Simmer until the wine has evaporated into the onions, about 5 minutes. Discard the bay leaves, and thyme sprigs. Now add the beef broth, and Worcestershire sauce. Allow the soup to simmer for another 10 minutes on a medium heat. Turn to low until serving.
Ladle the French onion soup into an oven safe soup bowl or ramekin. Place two crispy baguette slices on top of the soup, then top with Sargento Sliced Swiss Cheese, then sprinkle Sargento Artisan Blends Shredded Swiss cheese on the top. Place the soup bowls on an oven safe cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and place in the oven on the Broil setting until the cheese is melted and bubbly and has browned just a bit, just a few minutes.
Garnish with chives, or place some extra slices of cheese on top with a few slices of olives for a spooky “eyeball” touch!
Serve immediately! Enjoy!
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