French Onion Soup

(from cokerlj’s recipe box)

Haven’t tried.
This has lots of thyme in it and hubby is NOT a fan of thyme…gonna have to try a different spice…maybe a sprig of rosemary and a couple bay leaves to be removed later. See my guide to spice and herb substitutions in this book.

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Categories: Soup, Vegetables, haven't tried


  • 1/2 pound smoked bacon
  • 3 pounds sweet onions
  • 8 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • dry vermouth or white wine (optional)
  • dry sherry (optional)
  • French bread
  • Gruyere cheese
  • Salt & pepper to taste


  1. Saute smoked bacon in bottom of stock pot until crisp. Remove bacon, drain and reserve.

  2. Add thinly sliced onion to bacon drippings and sauge slowly. This could take as long as 45 minutes. Near the end of sauteing onions add thyme leaves and some salt and pepper.

  3. Add about 1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine to deglaze pot. Slowly add beef stock to onions. Bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer for about 30 minutes.

  4. ASSEMBLING SOUP IN BOWL: Slice french bread about 1/2 inch thick and broil/toast on both sides.

  5. You can pour about 1 teaspoon dry sherry in bottom of soup bowl. (optional)

  6. Add toast.

  7. Sprinkle reserved bacon on toast…Spoon dipper of onion soup over all.

  8. Add sliced Gruyere cheese and broil until cheese is just melted.

  9. Serve with additional toast on the side and a salad.

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