Mr. Food: French Onion Soup

Ladle up some French cuisine with another one of Mr. Food's tasty recipes. The gourmet guru has the delicious details.

There's nothing to compare to a bubbling hot crock of onion soup like they make in French restaurants, you know, the kind that's topped with a melty, crusty layer of cheese? Mmm mmm!

Well, there's a little easy secret to getting it just right, and it'll work with any brands at all!

In a soup pot, we sauté over medium heat 3 large thinly sliced onions in a bit of butter, until they're golden brown, add 3 cans of ready-to-use beef broth and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and that secret that I learned from a French restaurant?

The secret to bringing out the sweetness in the onions is to add 1 cup apple cider or juice to the stock! Yeah! We bring it all to a boil, stir in 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 1/3 cup dry red wine; a few more minutes, and the soup part is ready! To finish it off, we top 4 slices of French bread on a baking sheet with 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese, and broil them until the cheese is melty and golden.

Then top each bowl of soup with a slice of the cheese bread and it's time to dig in! And now that we know how the French chefs make these, we can bowl our gang over just as easily!

If you’d like the recipe, just send a self-addressed, stamped envelope marked "French Onion Soup," to me, Mr. Food, right here at the station, or look for it online for having the secret to getting our own raves at home that start first with "Merci, merci!" and go right up to "OOH IT'S SO GOOD!!®"