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Fantastic French Onion Soup
When the wife and I were visiting Epcot Center at Disney World a while back, we had the best French onion soup we've ever eaten at the restaurant at the French Exposition on the lake. I've tried a few since then and nothing compared...until this! This recipe originated from Gourmet magazine, I've only modified it slightly. It should serve 4 generously and it scales perfectly if you wish fewer servings. Note that the amount of cheese and bread are per serving.
Add the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Remove the pot from the heat and add the brandy.
Return the pot to the heat and cook, stirring
occasionally, until almost dry. Sprinkle the onions with the flour and cook,
stirring, for 3 minutes. While stirring, slowly add the broth. Bring the soup to
a boil, lower the heat, and simmer, with the cover slightly ajar, about 20
minutes. Season the soup with salt and pepper.
Note: The onions should be a deep golden brown. They may appear as though they are burning, but the wonderful browned bits left behind will come up when the brandy or wine is added and add depth to the flavor of the soup.
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