Don't rush the ONIONS. French Onion soup is the inspiration that created this very comforting soup gratin.
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- . 1/4 cup-1/2 stick (60ml) unsalted butter
- . 1/4 cup (60ml) grape seed oil
- . 8 cups (~2L) 4 very large, sweet onions, thinly sliced
- . 1/2 cup (125ml) Port wine
- . 1 bottle (340ml) honey-brown Beer
- . 1/4 cup (30ml) Tamari sauce (or Soy sauce)
- . 4 cups (~1 Litre) low-sodium Beef stock
- . 1 tsp. (5ml) sea salt (optional)
- . 6 thick slices of crust bread, cubed and lightly toasted for croutons
- . 12oz. (350g) from Cheese selections: Emmental, Comté, Gruyère, Monterey Jack
- . Refrigerate onions before thinly slicing them.
- . In a large saucepan, melt together the butter and oil on MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add the sliced onions to the pot. Sauté, while stirring them for no more than 10 minutes. Lower the heat to MEDIUM and continue stirring them once and a while for another 15 minutes.
- . Pour in the Port wine and stir to deglaze the bottom browning bits. Again, lower the heat to MEDIUM-LOW so that the onions can cook down to a deep caramelized stage.
- . Place a cover over the saucepan with it slightly ajar to have moisture escape slowly. This will take another 20 minutes or until the onions have reduced into a deeply rich jam-like consistency.
- . Towards the end, increase the heat back to MEDIUM-HIGH heat. Add the beer and stir a few times. Once, the alcohol has evaporated, add the Tamari sauce and beef stock. Once it has reached a boiling point, reduce the heat back again to MEDIUM-LOW and simmer for the final cooking of about 20 minutes or so. Taste to see if more (optional) salt is needed.
- . ASSEMBLY: Meanwhile, if the bread croutons were not made ahead of time, the bread can now be cubed and lightly toasted. Set aside. Same goes for preparing the slices of selected cheese.
- . Prepare a baking sheet to soon place the oven-proof bowls. Pre-heat oven to 350F/180C/Gas4 and position oven rack in the center. Once the onion soup is ready, ladle it into the bowls, 3/4 of the way. Add a bit of cheese, followed by a few toasted croutons and finally topped with more cheese.
- . Bake for about 15 minutes or until the cheese is melted with its anticipated golden edges. They are ready to serve.
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