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Easy French Onion Soup for Guests Recipe
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Easy French Onion Soup for Guests

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"This is French onion soup made the easy way! It's the perfect starter for fall or winter dinners. The secret is a splash of sherry vinegar and sherry wine. Top with a slice of baguette bread, sprinkle with Gruyere, and broil to golden brown for an impressive first course."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    15 mins
  • COOK

    1 hr 40 mins

    1 hr 55 mins


  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over low heat. Cook onions with salt, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and golden, about 40 to 45 minutes.
  2. Mix in thyme sprigs and bay leaf. Pour in sherry wine and sherry vinegar, and stir in black pepper. Pour in beef broth, chicken broth, and water. Stir to combine, and allow the soup to simmer gently for one hour.
  3. Ladle soup into heat-proof crocks. Place a slice of toasted baguette on top of each crock, and sprinkle 1 ounce of shredded Gruyere cheese per serving.
  4. Preheat oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Place the filled crocks on a baking sheet, and broil until the cheese is golden and bubbly, about 1 minute.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 27, 2011

This is a very good recipe. However, make sure to remove the bay leaf and thyme sprigs. The French use wine often to flavor their food. I think it's silly to omit wine in a recipe simply because you "don't drink". The wine is not to get you drunk. It is an ingredient necessary to achieve the desired flavor in a dish. So to the previous reviewer, I don't think you should give one star when you obviously did not use the wine, which would have made a huge difference.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 15, 2012

Didn't like the flavour at all. When I've had French Onion soup in France the onions were cooked more quickly until they took on a darkish brown colour. This recipe "stews" them and allows the sugar to come out of the onions making it, to me, sickly sweet. Sorry, but not to my taste.


29 Ratings

Dec 06, 2011

I learned how to make this from Vincent Price's cookbook. It is a long and intermediate recipe. Chef John's recipe here gets the flavor w/o all the fuss. This is an excellent and simple version. The alcohol cooks off and the sherry flavor combines perfectly with the cheese and onions. It is a warming aromatic blend of flavor, which makes it perfect for winter evenings when you know you are "in for the night-all snuggy and warm".

Jan 21, 2012

French Onion Soup is my son's favorite and he liked this the best! Very easy to make and flavorful. I love the splash of dry sherry and sherry vinegar. As Chef John suggested in his video recipe to purchase the real Gruyere cheese (which I did) and that adds a layer of pure culinary sophistication. Allow it to simmer long and slow. A wonderful meal on a cold day or anytime!

Feb 09, 2012

Excellent french onion soup! Not too heavy nor too salty, as some restaurant versions are. I didn't have sherry handy, so used what I had - red wine vinegar & brandy. Still turned out fantastic! Thanks Chef John!

Dec 27, 2012

This was a good onion soup! I used red wine vinegar and a dry white wine because I didn't have sherry or sherry vinegar. I didn't have Gruyere and neither did the store I looked at. Gruyere would be much better though, but I didn't let any of this affect my rating. The reason it doesn't get 5* from me is that I didn't care for the blend of beef and chicken broths; it wasn't as rich as using all beef broth. Other than that, good soup, and DO use the Gruyere if you can get it!

Apr 19, 2013

First, this review is to educate those cooks who eliminate wine from recipes because they do not drink...... The alcohol in the wine evaporates as the soup cooks, leaving only the essence of the grapes from which it was made. White vinegar sounds gross as a substitute. I use that in Chinese Hot and Sour Soup, (for the sour). Please try this with the suggested ingredients. It will be delicious.

Jan 25, 2012

My family loved this. Was a little sweet , won't use vidilia onions next. My fault.


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  • Calories
  • 253 kcal
  • 13%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 11.8 g
  • 4%
  • Cholesterol
  • 53 mg
  • 18%
  • Fat
  • 17.4 g
  • 27%
  • Fiber
  • 1.4 g
  • 6%
  • Protein
  • 11.6 g
  • 23%
  • Sodium
  • 1226 mg
  • 49%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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