FRENCH ONION SOUP LES HALLES INSPIRED

 

 

It was our last night in Paris.   The night sky was fading as we wandered into an old bistro in the lst Arrondissment.    This is the  area where  the citizens of the old market place of Les Halles  worked 24 hours a day  distributing food to every corner of Paris.   And, this is where we ended our Paris adventure with bowls of  restorative onion soup, crowned with bread encrusted with gruyere cheese.

I came away from a  tiny bistro with a new recipe  for  onion soup.  Onion soup made with rich chicken stock.    This is the way I have made onion soup ever since



The secret to a great onion soup is slowing cooking your onions.

Serve with a crisp, citrusy whites; Sancerre, Pouilly Fume

FRENCH ONION SOUP LES HALLES INSPIRED
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Les Hales, this is where we ended our Paris adventure with bowls of restorative onion soup, crowned with bread encrusted with gruyere cheese.
Ingredients
  • 4 TBS BUTTER
  • 6 TO 7 ONIONS THINLY SLICED
  • 8 CUPS OF REALLY GOOD HOME MADE CHICKEN STOCK
  • 1 CUP (250 G) GRATED EMMENTALER, GRUYERE OR COMTE CHEESE
  • 4 LARGE SLICES TOASTED BAGUETTE
  • SALT AND LOTS OF FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER, TO TASTE
  • A SHOT OF SHERRY (OPTIONAL) ... or pour yourself a glass while the onions cook.
Instructions
  1. Melt butter in a large casserole, add onions, sprinkle them with a little salt, and cook covered over low heat for at least 30 minutes, stirring every once in a while.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the stock, grate the cheese, toast the bread, and get the bowls ready.
  3. Once the onions are translucent and slightly caramelized, add the stock, and allow to cook covered for 15 minutes. Season to taste.
  4. Optionally, add a shot of sherry before serving.
  5. Stir the soup, and ladle into the four bowls. Place toast on top of each bowl, and cover generously with cheese. You may find you want more cheese than the recipe calls for.
  6. Place on a baking dish under the broiler until the cheese melts, bubbles, and is golden. Remove from oven, place bowl on a small place, and serve immediately.
Notes
Serve with a crisp, citrusy whites; Sancerre, Pouilly Fume

 

 

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4 Responses to FRENCH ONION SOUP LES HALLES INSPIRED

  1. Gerlinde says:

    Les Hales , oinon soup, how wonderful! I will try your recipe because I like the idea of using chicken stock.

    • admin says:

      I love onion soup and for years made in the traditional manner. The beef stock overpowers the flavour of the onions – the chicken stock lets it shine through. Virginia

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