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Gourmet French Onion Soup with Port Wine

The red wine and port wine elevate this French onion soup recipe to a gourmet level by making the flavor extra rich and really tasty. Port wine is like a sweet, fortified red wine and it balanced nicely with the overall French onion soup flavor, contrasting with the dry red wine also featured in this gourmet French onion soup recipe.

Not every French onion soup contains alcohol of course but it does help to liven up the flavor of the dish and add a wonderful aroma and flavor. Some French onion soups have white wine instead of red wine, which is also a nice touch but the red wine is bolder and heartier and goes especially well with the meaty broth.

Gourmet French onion soup is a wonderful appetizer for a dinner party. Just about everybody likes cheese, onions and beef broth and if you serve it in little French soup crocks everyone will get just enough to satisfy their hunger without filling them up too much to enjoy the entree. If you are a stickler for traditional recipes you might wish to make this the traditional way, which would be without port wine, but if you are keen to try new flavor combinations then you might like to give this recipe a try, because the flavor is really good and you will like the way the port wine and beef complement one another. What a great combination, and the Gruyère croutons make it even more mouthwatering.

The Best Gourmet French Onion Soup
Summary: Deliver a gourmet twist to your next French onion soup by adding port wine to the recipe to bring out the flavors of the beef and the Gruyère.
Cuisine: French
Recipe type: Soup
Serves: 8
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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 lbs yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 5 cans condensed beef bouillon, 10 ½ oz each
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups grated gruyere cheese
  • 3 soup cans full plus 1 teaspoon water
  • ½ cup burgundy or dry red wine
  • ¼ cup port wine
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 8 slices toasted French bread
  1. Add the oil and butter to a 5 quart soup pot and heat it until the butter melts.
  2. Add the sugar and onions and cook over a medium heat for about 25 minutes, or until the pan bottom is glazed and the onions are golden brown.
  3. Stir them occasionally so they do not stick.
  4. Scrape the glaze off the bottom of the pan, using a wooden spoon, and blend it in with the onions.
  5. Stir in the flour and cook for a minute.
  6. Add the water, beef bouillon and seasoning and bring the soup to a boil.
  7. Turn the heat down and simmer the French onion soup for half an hour.
  8. Add the port wine and red wine and adjust the seasoning again, if necessary.
  9. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  10. Ladle the soup into ovenproof soup bowls and put the toasted bread on top.
  11. Sprinkle the cheese over the toasted bread and bake for about 15 minutes, then broil to melt the cheese.

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For a gourmet French onion soup recipe, you might like to serve the soup in a French onion soup tureen or a set of matching soup crocks. French onion soup is always an exciting eating experience but gourmet French onion soup is out of this world. The melted cheese covered toasted French bread covers the soup, which is an exquisite blend of sweet yellow onions, beef broth, red wine, Madeira wine and more. If you want to seriously impress your dinner party guests, making this gourmet French, onion soup is a wonderful idea and the extra care you take making this classic recipe will be evident in the superior flavor.

What is Port Wine?

Port wine, which adds a delicious sweetness and richness of flavor to a French onion soup recipe, is sweet, fortified red wine from the Duoro River Valley in northern Portugal. A neutral grape spirit is added to the wine to boost the alcohol content and stop the fermentation. It is then stored and aged. Port wine comes in ruby (deep red), tawny (light, brownish red), and white, and also in sweet, medium or dry varieties. In Europe, anything labeled “port” has to come from Portugal. In the United States port wine from other countries is allowed to carry the “port” label.


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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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