"What do you think of when I say 'France'?" I queried. I have never heard them answer in such unison before: "Pastries!" they hollered.
Oh, brother! I suggested quiche. No. Coq au vin. Nope. We all agreed on French Onion Soup.
pink Himalaya salt
bread, sliced (I used some day-old ciabatta)
Peel and slice 3lbs of organic yellow onions. Cook onions, thyme, and salt in butter in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot over moderate heat, uncovered, stirring frequently, until onions are very soft and deep golden brown, about 45 minutes. Stir in wine and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Stir in broth and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for another 30 minutes.
While soup simmers, make the croûtes. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F. Arrange bread on a large baking sheet and toast, turning over once, until completely dry, about 15 minutes. Once the croûtes have become crisp, lay sliced gruyère on the breads and return them to the oven until melted and bubbling.
Divide soup among bowl, then float a cheesy croûte in each.
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