French Canadian Onion Soup
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This French Canadian Onion Soup with Oka Cheese recipe is a twist on the traditional French onion soup and it's delicious! It's the perfect comfort food.
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: French
Serves: 4
  • 4 tablespoons butter (1/2 stick)
  • 4 medium or 3 large sweet onions thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 48 fluid ounces beef broth
  • ½ cup of good red wine
  • 3 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 bay leafs
  • 3 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves
  • 3 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 8 thick slices Gruyere
  • 1 cup shredded Oka
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8 medium slices of crusty baguette
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • 6 inches twine (for tying herbs)
  1. Melt butter in a large pot on medium-high heat. Stir in onions and salt. Cook slow for 40 minutes covered. Stir frequently until onions are caramelized
  2. Add and stir the beef broth, red wine and Worcestershire sauce into the pot.
  3. Bundle the parsley, thyme, and bay leaf with twine and place in pot. Simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes covered, stirring occasionally.
  4. Remove and discard the herbs. Reduce the heat to low, mix in balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Cover and keep over low heat while you prepare the bread.
  5. Preheat oven broiler. Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet and broil (second from top) about 2 minutes, turning once, until toasted on both sides. Remove from heat. Do not turn off broiler.
  6. Arrange 4 large oven safe onion soup bowls (with handles) on a baking sheet. Fill each bowl to about ⅔ with hot soup. Top each bowl with 2 slices of toasted bread (on the liquid), 2 slices Gruyere cheese and ¼ of the shredded Oka. Sprinkle a little paprika over top of each bowl.
  7. Broil 4 to 5 minutes, until bubbly and golden. As it heats up, the cheese will melt over the sides of the bowl to seal the edges.
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