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French Onion Soup, The End

Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
edited 1:46PM in EggHead Forum
This bowl of French onion soup started last week with 10#s beef rib bones and 4 pork shoulder bones.

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Yielded about 1 gal stock and 4 qts beef ready for barley soup and the freezer.

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Started with 25 lbs onions, mostly vidalia and florida sweet. After a few hours, it took 4 batches to caramalizing the onions, they went into a 9 qt do on large at 250-325 for 5 hours, persimmon wood and no top.

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Sliced
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Caramalizing

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Cooking 5 hours

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After sitting on the egg overnight they were ready for breakfast. Yielded 1 gallon of soup. Freezes very well.

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But I held off until a late lunch today.

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Thanks for staying around so long. It is well worth the trip.

Comments

  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,498
    Looks delicious! Thanks Richard for posting - I have been waiting for a rainy day to make that soup and it looks like that will happen in the next day or so as the monsoon season is here - I have all the ingredients lined up. Yesterday I made 7 pints of my ham and bean soup - the recipe of which I posted this morning.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    Thankd, make sure you use LOTS of onions and no sugar. the vidalia and florida sweet have their own sugar and I did not want it too sweet. Little Cabernet Sauvignon
  • CocagnEggerCocagnEgger Posts: 18
    That looks like the best French Onion Soup ever.
  • cookn bikercookn biker Posts: 13,407
    That looks great Richard! I need to do that.
    Molly
    Colorado Springs
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  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    Looks Fabulous my friend! :)
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    Thanks! After the midnight runs with the bones and onions could have used some shine.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    Do a big batch like I did and it freezes very well.Lots work but well worth it.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    IMHO it is! Thanks.
  • OMG!
    Absolutely. That is awesome.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 19,498
    I couldn't quite tell, but is that grated/melted Gruyere on top in the final pix of the serving? any pieces of baguette in there too?
    L, M, S, Mini
    Ron
    Dunlap, IL
  • WWSisWWSis Posts: 1,448
    Richard, that looks amazing! Thanks for sharing. :)
  • transversaltransversal Posts: 719
    That looks killer, Richard. And french onion soup done well is one of my favorite eats. Well done.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    The bread is homemade croutons roasted in the over until crunchy. I sprinkled them with Italian salad dressing and my Italian spice mix.
    Cooked 350 turning a few times until crunchy. about 30-45 minutes. The cheese could be gruyer but this batch was coopers sharp, american white and some Latin Pupusas(A great melting cheese for latin dishes).

    This cheese info is from a recipe I have used for years.

    Cheeses to top Bread Slices or Croutons
    Bottom Swiss Cheese, Sliced
    Middle Munchie Cheese, Sliced
    Top Provolone, Sliced
    Sprinkle Parmesan Cheese, lightly on top after browning


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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    Thank you! Lots of work, but well worth the reward.
  • Grandpas GrubGrandpas Grub Posts: 14,226
     
    Oh man that looks good Richard. There are times when I wish I was there tasting.

    Be well, Kent
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    Thanks, don't loose any sleepy as I will taste it for you and report that it is better than the picture. LOL
  • Clay QClay Q Posts: 4,435
    Looks awesome Richard! What a process...but as you say, well worth it. Some of the best food is slow cooked and I think you take the prize. :woohoo:

    Now if I only had the time...
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    Thanks! I have about 6-8 pints in the freezer for future use.
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    You need to make a batch for the long cold winter.
  • eenie meenieeenie meenie Posts: 4,392
    Richard, your French onion soup looks so rich and delicious! :) I sure would have loved to have eaten some.
  • HossHoss Posts: 14,600
    I'll have to work on that! ;)
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    Thanks, got some in the freezer for your next trip south.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,435
    Richard,

    You know I love you like a much older brother but, damn man, spend fifty bucks on a camera dude! Awesome looking soup BTW. ;)

    Steve

    Steve 

    Caledon, ON

     

  • OH MY!
    Great post!
    Thanks for the links, too!!
  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    Thanks! Well worth the eggfort.
  • BotchBotch Posts: 4,692
    A surprise to this Egg Newb that you could do soup in it! Added to my "to-try" list (I love French Onion soup).
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  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,109
    Make sure you have a heavy pot, Most prefer cast iron.
    Le Creuset works but is a little more $$$$.
  • Mr HollowayMr Holloway Posts: 2,034
    Great job Richard
    That onion soup looks amazing
    Thanks for the posts on this cook :)

    Shane
  • FluffybFluffyb Posts: 1,815
    Wow, that has to be the best looking French onion soup I've ever seen. Great job.
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