This classic soup has the taste of onions caramelized to perfection in butter, then a rich beef stock with a hint of thyme, then topped with a toasted piece of French Baguette, and loads of Cheesy goodness. Every spoonful when you first dig in you get all the cheese sticking to your spoon then into the crusty bread and then all covered in the caramelized onions, oh lord the soup is so good.
The most important part to get the best soup ever is the process of caramelizing the onions, I can't stress enough, very important take the 45 minutes out of our life and do it the correct way and you will have the best French Onion Soup you have ever eaten, next comes the type of onion, yellow is fine great and 90 percent of the time that's what I use, but I like the sweet huge white Mayan onions, you can purchase at Costco or any farmers market I am sure has them, just has a touch of sweetness to them.
The next important item to a great soup is your stock, I will admit I do not make my own beef stock but the best is the Organic Better Than Bouillon Beef Base also from Costco, or any store has it. This actually tastes like beef not salt. It has such a deep rich color and great beef flavor compared to the cans or the cubes.
And then comes your baguette pick up a nice brown crispy loaf of bread, it makes a difference compared to a white baguette..
I picked up 2 loafs of bread because I found these beautiful Wild Wonders Gourmet Meledy tomatoes, a mixture of beautiful green, brown, yellow, orange and red colors which I will make on the side a delicious Tomato Bruschetta with my own balsamic glaze. Recipe I will post later today.
I remember years ago when I was young eating from the good old cans of the soup and dipping a piece of bread into it. Oh If I only knew what I was missing, then along came me growing up and married when I was young to my wonderful high school sweetheart who by the way loves this soup, and always asks me to make it, so I started to make this soup all of the time, by the way their can never be enough cheese. That's for me at least.