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French Onion Soup

Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 1 hour
Author Tracy

Ingredients

  • 3 quarts of ham stock This is the key to the soup. Homemade is best!
  • 5 lg. white onions sliced
  • 3 sm. yellow onions sliced
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • Fresh bread slices
  • Shredded Gruyère cheese
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon of salt pending how salt rich your stock is
  • Fresh ground pepper to taste

Instructions

  • To make homemade ham stock, add ham bone to ham grease from cooked ham (optional), and simmer on medium low with 4 -5 quarts of water until stock is rich and flavorful. 2-4 hours.
  • Saute sliced onions with garlic and butter slowly on medium / low heat, stirring constantly. Be sure that the onions do not burn!
  • Add sautéed onions to a large dutch oven or pot with ham stock and heat on medium until stock is hot. Add salt and pepper.
  • Turn oven to broil and bring tray to top, leaving enough room for soup crock.
  • Fill soup crocks with onions and broth, add fresh sliced bread, top with cheese. Put crocks on baking sheet (to catch any dripped cheese) and broil for 1-2 minutes until the cheese is melted and slightly brown.
  • Yields about 4 quarts of broth with onions. Plenty for leftovers or to be frozen for later use!