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Best Type of Cheese For French  Onion Soup

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Preparing a fresh batch of this tasty all times classic requires careful attention to the steps and ingredients. Since this is one of France's most cherished recipes, many people try to make it from the comfort of their own kitchen. However, it is important that you use the right products and steps if you wish to create things in the traditional manner.

best cheese to put on french onion soup

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Best Cheese for French Onion Soup (With Recipe)

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Anybody who wants to follow the classic recipe for this traditional soup should stick to Gruyère cheese. Of course, many people might choose to use a different type of cheese for experimental purposes, or simply because they cannot purchase this type of cheese at their local grocery store. However, it is common to come across recipes of this classic soup which include a combination of other types of cheese in addition to Gruyère.

Ingredient List (6 Servings):

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  • 3/8 cup shredded Gruyère.
  • 2 minced garlic cloves.
  • 12 baguettes.
  • 16 ounces of beef broth.
  • 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • 5 lbs. of diced onion.
  • 1/4 cup of red wine.
  • Salt and pepper.

Step 1:

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Using a 12” or similarly-sized pot, place 1 tablespoon of butter and olive oil inside and turn on the temperature to medium. Once heated up, add the sliced onions and sizzle them until they are brown. Then, add your minced garlic and cook them together for a few minutes, until ready.

Step 2:

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Now that you have your onions and garlic cooked, it is time to prepare the broth. Start by adding in 1/4 cup of red wine, and bring it to a boil. Let the wine boil into your garlic and onions for 3 – 5 minutes. Then, add broth and bring the liquid back to a boil. While waiting for the liquid to return to a boil, move on to step three.

Step 3:

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Unless you already have freshly-baked baguettes at your disposal, you should warm them up. Lightly put some olive oil around each of the baguettes, using no more than 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Wrap them in aluminum foil or simply set them on a baking pan, depending on the materials in your kitchen. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F (about 175°C) and let them sit for about 5 minutes. The idea is just to warm them back up here.

Step 4:

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Now it is almost time to serve your meal. Gather your cheese together, turn down the heat on your pot to a simmer, and set your bowls on the counter to be ready to serve. Turn off the oven, and take the fresh baguettes out of the oven.

Step 5:

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To serve your soup, you can either use the baguettes as dipping device or put it into the bowl itself. First try slicing out your bread to fit into a bowl, and then putting cheese on top. Let the cheese melt into the bowl, and then mix it all together. Make sure to savor each bite of your savory French Onion Soup.    


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This is only an example of how a beginner should make French Onion Soup. If you choose to attend one of our classes, you will learn the above basic steps, along with the expertly-crafted precise techniques which go into each step. Think of the above recipe as a simplified version of what the professionals do. 

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