The perfect meal for the dead of winter. Local celebrity Chef Hosea Rosenberg, founder of Blackbelly Catering and Bravo's Season 5 Top Chef Winner, shows us how to make the best french onion soup.
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Best French Onion Soup (serves 10) 1 cup butter 8 yellow onions 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 6 bay leaves 1 tablespoon fresh thyme 2 cups sherry wine 1 cup white wine 8 cups high-quality brown chicken stock* 8 cups high-quality beef stock* kosher salt fresh-cracked black pepper *Vegetarians can substitute dark vegetable or mushroom stock for the chicken and beef stocks. For the Croutons Sourdough baguette, cut into ½-inch thick slices and toasted golden brown 1 pound Gruyère cheese 4 ounces grated Parmesan Start by caramelizing the onions. Once the onions are browned nicely, add the wines. Bring to a boil and reduce over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has evaporated. Turn down heat to medium-low and add stocks. Cook for about 45 minutes. Check seasoning and adjust if necessary. (Soup can be made up to this point three days ahead.) When ready to serve, ladle about 8 ounces of soup into oven-safe soup cups. Top with a slice of toasted bread covered with a thick slice of Gruyère and some Parmesan. Place under broiler until cheeses are brown and bubbly. Serve immediately, taking care to not touch hot soup cups. To Caramelize the Onions 1. Gather the ingredients. 2. Thinly slice the onions. 3. Melt butter in a large, heavy-bottom pot over medium heat. Add onions and stir occasionally over medium heat until they begin to soften. Add garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook over medium-low heat until the onions are caramelized. This can take up to an hour. Allow the onions to take on color by not stirring very often. ---------
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Recipe by Chef Hosea Rosenberg of Blackbelly Catering & Events {LISTmember on WEDDING}
Blackbelly Catering & Events is a full-service catering and events company that offers private custom dining experience parallel to none. From intimate multi-course wine dinners in your home, to outdoor farm dinners, to full-blown corporate events, farm dinners and weddings, our mission is to provide a perfect event experience. Thier services include unique catering experiences with custom menus prepared by celebrity chef Hosea Rosenberg, event planning, menu consultation, drop-off cuisine, and beyond. They specialize in ‘farm-to-table’ cuisine. In fact, they source all of our ingredients locally from the Blackbelly Farm where they raise our own Pigs, Lamb, Chickens, and Rabbits, and also tend to our greenhouse. What they can’t get from our own farm, they source from other local Colorado farms. Their menus are all very seasonal, so they are in constant communication with all the local farms to see what is growing well and at it’s peak when we design our menus.
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