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 slice from end to end. 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. 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 372.24 Kcal (1558 kJ)
Calories from fat 114.87 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12.76g 20%
Cholesterol 30.59mg 10%
Sodium 449.48mg 19%
Potassium 616.43mg 13%
Total Carbs 46.53g 16%
Sugars 25.5g 102%
Dietary Fiber 4.55g 18%
Protein 11.82g 24%
Vitamin C 24.4mg 41%
Vitamin A 0.1mg 2%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Calcium 202.4mg 20%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 61.97 Kcal (259 kJ)
Calories from fat 19.12 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2.12g 20%
Cholesterol 5.09mg 10%
Sodium 74.83mg 19%
Potassium 102.63mg 13%
Total Carbs 7.75g 16%
Sugars 4.25g 102%
Dietary Fiber 0.76g 18%
Protein 1.97g 24%
Vitamin C 4.1mg 41%
Iron 0.1mg 2%
Calcium 33.7mg 20%

* 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

  • 7.7
  • 9

Good Points

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

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