Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Onion Soup Gratinee

Or French onion soup as we call it. It's rich and it's good and the melted cheese on top makes it perfect (and makes it a gratinee).
With sweets at every meal, it seems and cookies and candies being passed everywhere you go, a simple meal of onion soup graintee makes a perfect supper.

My original recipe is French and starts with making the stock from the bones of a standing rib roast. It's worth the effort but in the hustle and bustle of December, that often is not possible. A quick substitute is frozen soup that I found at Costco. Complete with croutons and cheese. Put the frozen block of soup into an oven proof dish and bake for 40 minutes. It comes out perfect.

And if you have a standing rib roast for Christmas, onion soup gratinee makes the best of the bones. I'm including that recipe because I think it is so good. And it is always fun to make "from scratch" rather than taking the easy way out.

Onion Soup Gratinee

Prepare beef consomme by simmering the bones of a standing rib roast for several hours in 4 cups of water. Let it simmer down to 2 cups of consomme. Strain.

Peel, then slice very thinly, 1 1/2 pounds white onions; in a large frying pan, melt 2 T. butter, add the sliced onions and cook at medium heat until a nice golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add 2 T. flour and stir in well. Pour in 4 cups boiling water and 2 cups of the hot beef consomme. Cover lightly and simmer slowly for 10 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.

While the soup is cooking, dry in the oven, or toast, as many thin slices of French bread as you need to cover the bottom of each individual oven proof pottery bowl (I prefer the lions head Apilco bowls). Remove soup pan from fire, add a generous tablespoon of thick cream. Empty the soup into the individual bowls -- not too full. The bread comes to the top. Cover bread with a generous sprinkle of Gruyere or Swiss cheese and put the dishes in the oven at medium heat (350) for about 20 minutes. Serve in the dish -- very hot!


La Table De Nana said...

I just saw people buying it Wednesday at Costco and wondered about it..A daugheter of mine loves a brand called M and M..and my other daughter makes a few..home made ..all delicious.
We are lovers of this soup Martha..I agree..a meal in itself!

Nothing beats real stock:)

From the Kitchen said...

Oh yum! We always have some of Costco's French Onion Soup in the freezer. I've made it for years but firmly believe that if Chef Costco can help me out, more power to "him". The soup, a simple salad and a glass of wine by the fire helps one forget the temperature outside--which, by the way, was a high of 12 degrees yesterday!

house things said...

This looks very good, Martha. And, especially, with this cold weather.

Thanks for the recipe.


Rattlebridge Farm said...

What a welcome recipe on a cold day like today--I am craving onion soup graintee.

Pondside said...

I'm off to do a Costco run today and will investigate the soup situation. I'm pretty sure they don't carry it up here, but I'll leave no frozen pizza unturned, no bag of chicken breasts undisturbed - I'm on a mission!

DeniseinVA said...

This looks absolutely delicious Martha. We will be having our rib roast for Christmas but I have never thought to use the bones for stock. I will not waste them this year. Thank you so much and thank you for stopping by my blog.

red ticking said...

i am salivating... and thrilled to have discovered your blog... wow.... i will pass it on to my many foodie friends...

Cathy said...

I've seen Costco onio soup but have never tried it. Thanks for the recommendation, Martha. Our weather is so cold and blustery. Perfect soup weather.

Erica (Irene) said...

This looks so good! especially for this freezing temperatures we are having here.

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Yummm, thanks for sharing.
Donna (IA)

Karine said...

I heart French Onion Soup and yours sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing :)