French Onion Soup (Alton Brown) Recipe

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French Onion Soup (Alton Brown)
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  1. Trim the ends off each onion then halve lengthwise. Remove peel and finely slice into half moon shapes. Set electric skillet to 300 degrees and add butter. Once butter has melted add a layer of onions and sprinkle with a little salt. Repeat layering onions and salt until all onions are in the skillet. Do not try stirring until onions have sweated down for 15 to 20 minutes. 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.
  2. Add enough wine to cover the onions and turn heat to high, reducing the wine to a syrup consistency. Add consume, chicken broth, apple cider and bouquet garni. Reduce heat and simmer 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Place oven rack in top 1/3 of oven and heat broiler.
  4. Cut country bread in rounds large enough to fit mouth of oven safe soup crocks. Place the slices on a baking sheet and place under broiler for 1 minute.
  5. Season soup mixture with salt, pepper and cognac. Remove bouquet garni and ladle soup into crocks leaving one inch to the lip. Place bread round, toasted side down, on top of soup and top with grated cheese. 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 312.4 Kcal (1308 kJ)
Calories from fat 114.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.76g 20%
Cholesterol 30.59mg 10%
Sodium 725.2mg 30%
Potassium 393.96mg 8%
Total Carbs 31.57g 11%
Sugars 16.15g 65%
Dietary Fiber 2.68g 11%
Protein 9.95g 20%
Vitamin C 15mg 25%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 165.2mg 17%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 75.39 Kcal (316 kJ)
Calories from fat 27.72 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.08g 20%
Cholesterol 7.38mg 10%
Sodium 175.01mg 30%
Potassium 95.07mg 8%
Total Carbs 7.62g 11%
Sugars 3.9g 65%
Dietary Fiber 0.65g 11%
Protein 2.4g 20%
Vitamin C 3.6mg 25%
Iron 0.1mg 2%
Calcium 39.9mg 17%

* 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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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 6.8
  • 7

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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