Genny's Diner's French Onion Soup
1/2 cup unsalted butter
2 large yellow onions, halved and sliced thinly
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
1 cup burgundy or dry red wine of your choice
1 bay leaf
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 teaspoon thyme
Salt, to taste
1 gallon (16 cups) beef stock
1 cup water
Toast points for garnish (toast cut into triangles)
Mozzarella, to taste
Parmesan, to taste
In a large stock pot set over medium heat, melt butter and cook
until it foams. When foam subsides, add onions; raise heat to
medium-high and cook, stirring only occasionally, until onions are
limp and well-browned (caramelized — this takes about 20 to 30
minutes, although times will vary with differing stoves and pan
thicknesses). Add garlic. Cook a few seconds, just until you can
smell the garlic, then add wine.
Bring to a boil. Add bay leaf, white pepper, thyme, salt and beef
Add 1 cup water, and bring to a boil again. Lower heat and cook,
partially covered, about 30 to 45 minutes, or until soup is reduced
a bit (has lost some liquid) and is very fragrant.
Heat oven to 500 degrees. Top each bowl (make sure your bowls are
ovenproof) with toast, mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses. Place bowls
on a cookie sheet and bake 6 to 8 minutes, or until cheese is
browned and bubbly.
Serves 8 to 10.