What Is French Onion Soup?
French onion soup is traditionally made with beef broth and onions and topped with toasted bread slices and cheese. The soup's roots stretch back to Roman times, but it didn’t gain the form we know today until the 17th century. The soup was then enjoyed as a hearty traditional dish until the 1960s, where it rose in popularity due to the increasing interest in French cuisine.
What Is The Difference Between Onion Soup And French Onion Soup?
The difference between onion soup and French onion soup lies in the ingredients. Red or yellow onions are used in French Onion Soup , while in onion soup white onions, red onions, shallots, and leeks are used. It calls for beef broth, while onion soup can be made with any broth and doesn't call for any type of alcohol. Not to mention French onion soup is preferred with Gruyere, Emmental, and Swiss cheese, while onion soup uses cheddar cheese.
How To Make French Onion Soup?
Traditional French onion soup is made by cooking the onions and broth on the stove top and then baking, but healthy slow cooker French onion soup can be made by cooking the onions in a crockpot for 12 hours, cooking an additional 6-8 hours after adding the broth, and then baking for 20-30 minutes after topping with bread and cheese.
What Kind Of Cheese Is On French Onion Soup?
Gruyere cheese is generally considered the best cheese for French onion soup, but you can also use Fontina, Emmental, Mozzarella, Gouda, Jarlsberg, or Provolone. Other Swiss cheeses like L'Etivaz, Sbrinz, Scharfe Maxx, and Engelberg Cheddar are also considered great alternatives to Gruyere.
Is French Onion Soup Vegetarian?
While the butter, beef broth, and cheese mean this French onion soup recipe isn’t vegetarian, you can easily make vegetarian French onion soup by substituting with vegan butter, vegetable broth, and vegan cheese.
What To Serve with French Onion Soup?
For an irresistible hearty dinner, serve this simple French onion soup with salads, steaks, scallops, and baked salmon. French onion soup also pairs beautifully well with dark chocolate desserts like tarts, mousse, and cakes and can also be served with dry and fruity wines like Gamay, Pinot noir, Viognier, etc.
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