david lebovitz’s french onion soup (from ‘my paris kitchen’)

david lebovitz onion soupSOME ONIONS WON’T LAST—you already know, those whose tops didn’t brown down totally earlier than harvest, and should look extra like a scallion’s stalk, or store-bought ones sitting in that bowl on the counter a little bit too lengthy. Answer: onion soup, particularly David Lebovitz’s onion soup from “My Paris Kitchen,” one in all his standard books.

It’s a soup you can also make and luxuriate in now, or freeze, relying on what number of keen yellow onions you will get your arms on, and on whether or not you’ll be able to resist consuming all of it immediately. With my first bowlful, I didn’t even handle to attend lengthy sufficient to soften the cheese on prime of the beneficial toast. It simply smelled too inviting as-is (or was), after which, out of the blue, gone.

copyright David LebovitzShould you haven’t met David Lebovitz, the story, briefly: In 1999, he left Chez Panisse and a profession within the restaurant enterprise. He moved from San Francisco to Paris—the place he jokingly says Belgian endive is so cheap as to be the French model of “trash” lettuce, and reviews there are greater than 1,260 bakeries. Packing up little greater than his finest skillet, cookbooks and trusty laptop computer, David turned to writing, and his 2011 memoir, “The Candy Life in Paris” (Amazon affiliate hyperlink), grew to become a “New York Instances” bestseller.

His web site has likewise been an enormous hit (and has an e-newsletter I get pleasure from); he’s currently (as of 2021ish) transferring extra over to delivering his newest writing through a Substack publication.

No surprise he’s so perennially standard. Moreover having a method with meals, he’s a scrumptious storyteller, too, at all times layering within the important components of humor, tenderness and accessibility—even when he’s “remastering the classics” as is the acknowledged purpose of “My Paris Kitchen.”

He leaves his mark on coq au vin and croque-monsieur, cassoulet and lamb tagine, and scrumptious frites (made within the oven, a nod to the truth that most of us don’t have a deep-fryer within the kitchen the way in which French households typically do). And there’s dessert, in fact; David was for a few years a pastry chef. To the chocolate-dulce de leche tart, the salted butter caramel chocolate mousse, and low crème brulee, I say, assist me! However there are easier decisions corresponding to madeleine, too.

And there’s the French onion soup—however not with beef inventory, as is the custom. David makes use of hen inventory, particularly home made. (Small instance of David humor: On his web site FAQ web page, he solutions the inquiry about, “Discovering Canned Hen Inventory in France” with, “You may’t.”)

I’m a vegetarian, so I skipped the hen inventory that David suggests in his recipe notes beneath, utilizing vegetable as an alternative (or half water and half vegetable inventory if the inventory is insistent-flavored). And as I stated, I skipped the cheese, a minimum of the primary time round, as you’ll be able to see in my monastic photograph on the prime of the web page, in comparison with the positively elastic, in-action one from David’s guide just under. Now seeing his model, who can resist this recipe from “My Paris Kitchen“?

 copyright My French Kitchen french onion soup (soupe à l’oignon)

recipe beneath copyright by David Lebovitz, from “My Paris Kitchen;” photograph above from the guide, copyright Ed Anderson (used with permission).

Serves 6

By David Lebovitz

Beef inventory is regarded as conventional on this soup, however it’s heavier, and I not often have beef inventory readily available, so I take advantage of hen inventory. For a heartier inventory, you’ll be able to roast the hen bones in a 400ºF (200ºC) oven on a baking sheet for 30 to 45 minutes, till effectively browned, then use these bones to make the inventory.

soup components:

  • 4 tablespoons (2 ounces/55g) unsalted butter
  • 2½ kilos (1.2kg) yellow or white onions, peeled and really thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt or kosher salt, plus extra if wanted
  • 1 teaspoon freshly floor black pepper, plus extra if wanted
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup (180ml) white wine or sherry
  • 2 quarts (2l) hen inventory
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar or balsamic vinegar, plus extra if wanted

toast components:

  • 6 thick slices hearty white bread, or about 18 thick-sliced items of baguette, effectively toasted
  • 1 to 2 cloves garlic, peeled and left complete, for rubbing the bread
  • 3 cups (255g) grated Emmenthal, Comté, or Gruyère cheese


1. Soften the butter in a big pot or Dutch oven over medium warmth. Add the onions and sugar and prepare dinner for 20 minutes, stirring sometimes, till comfortable and translucent.

2. Add the garlic, salt, and pepper and proceed to prepare dinner for 1½ hours, stirring much less ceaselessly and reducing the warmth to keep away from burning because the onions proceed to prepare dinner down. (Chances are you’ll want to use a flame diffuser in case your cooktop doesn’t enable low sufficient warmth.)

Because the onions prepare dinner, in the event that they brown on the underside of the pan in locations, use a spatula to scrape these appetizing brown bits into the onions as a result of they’ll add taste. The onions are completed once they have collapsed right into a thick amber-brown paste.

3. Stir within the flour and prepare dinner, stirring consistently, for 1 minute. Add the wine and use a flat utensil to loosen any and all brown bits from the underside and sides of the pan, stirring them into the onions. Add the inventory, carry to a boil, then lower the warmth and simmer slowly for 45 minutes. Flip off the warmth and add the vinegar, tasting it to get the stability proper, including a contact extra vinegar, and salt and pepper, if desired.

4. Preheat the oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Set six ovenproof bowls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil.

5. Divide the new soup among the many bowls. Rub each side of the toasted bread slices with the garlic. Put the toasts on the soup, then sprinkle the tops with the grated cheese. Bake the soups on the higher rack of the oven till the cheese is deeply browned, about 20 minutes. Alternatively, in case your bowls can stand up to the warmth, you’ll be able to set the cheese-topped soups underneath a sizzling broiler, cooking them till the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

Serve instantly.

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My-Paris-Kitchen2I BOUGHT AN EXTRA COPY of David Lebovitz’s “My French Kitchen” (Amazon affiliate hyperlink) to share with a fortunate reader. To enter, all it’s a must to do is reply this multi-part query within the feedback field beneath the final touch upon this web page. (Observe: the giveaway is over.)

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(Photograph of David Lebovitz from his web site.)

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