Alton Brown's French Onion Soup Recipe

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Alton Brown's French Onion Soup
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  1. Trim the ends off each onion then halve lengthwise
  2. Remove peel and finely slice into half moon shapes
  3. Set electric skillet to 300 degrees and add butter
  4. Once butter has melted add a layer of onions and sprinkle with a little salt
  5. Repeat layering onions and salt until all onions are in the skillet
  6. Do not try stirring until onions have sweated down for 15 to 20 minutes
  7. After that, stir occasionally until onions are dark mahogany and reduced to approximately 2 cups. This should take 45 minutes to 1 hour. Do not worry about burning.
  8. Add enough wine to cover the onions and turn heat to high, reducing the wine to a syrup consistency
  9. Add consume, chicken broth, apple cider and bouquet garni (thyme sprigs, bay leaf, and parsley tied together with kitchen string).
  10. Reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  11. Place oven rack in top 1/3 of oven and heat broiler
  12. Cut country bread in rounds large enough to fit mouth of oven safe soup crocks
  13. Place the slices on a baking sheet and place under broiler for 1 minute
  14. Season soup mixture with salt, pepper and cognac
  15. Remove bouquet garni and ladle soup into crocks leaving one inch to the lip
  16. Place bread round, toasted side down, on top of soup and top with grated cheese
  17. Broil until cheese is bubbly and golden, 1 to 2 minutes
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1996.05 Kcal (8357 kJ)
Calories from fat 681.53 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 75.73g 117%
Cholesterol 244.71mg 82%
Sodium 7460.12mg 311%
Potassium 3220.27mg 69%
Total Carbs 189.62g 63%
Sugars 121.34g 485%
Dietary Fiber 18.04g 72%
Protein 57.6g 115%
Vitamin C 115.2mg 192%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 14%
Iron 1.6mg 9%
Calcium 1207.8mg 121%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 62.38 Kcal (261 kJ)
Calories from fat 21.3 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.37g 117%
Cholesterol 7.65mg 82%
Sodium 233.15mg 311%
Potassium 100.64mg 69%
Total Carbs 5.93g 63%
Sugars 3.79g 485%
Dietary Fiber 0.56g 72%
Protein 1.8g 115%
Vitamin C 3.6mg 192%
Iron 0.1mg 9%
Calcium 37.7mg 121%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Weightwatchers Points

  • 45.4
  • 44

Good Points

  • low fat,
  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Sugar,
  • High in Total Fat

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