Saturday, January 15, 2011

french onion soup

i made this tonight.  it was delicious.  even the baby is eating it!  amounts here are approximate.  just taste and adjust as you go.

5 white onions, cut into thin rings
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
2 tbsp - 1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp salt
4 cans beef broth, or 8 cups water + beef bouillon ('better than bouillon' is what i used)
1/2 cup red wine
1 tsp ground thyme
1 tsp ground garlic
1 tbsp lemon juice

on medium-high heat, saute the onions in a skillet in the butter, adding sugar and salt after salted.  cook until caramelized.

in a soup pot, combine remaining ingredients.  bring to a boil.  add onions after they're caramelized, then bring to a boil again.  turn heat to medium-low and simmer for an hour.

meal planning- this week.

saturday:  french onion soup with homemade bread

sunday: mom's shepherds pie

monday: mom's lasagna

tuesday: french dip sandwiches

wednesday: fried chicken and mashed sweet potatoes

thursday: breakfast for dinner- pancakes or french toast, goetta, eggs

friday: (opening night of the opera) leftovers!