brandied french onion soup with croque monsieur croutons

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~ brandied french onion soup ~

This is a delicious soup that is so easy to make, it’s perfect for a weeknight dinner. It’s also a wonderful soup to make for company because it’s unique and fancy but cooks up fast so you can enjoy your guests! LOVE the easy, impressive dinner party fare!

3 Tablespoons butter

3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

3 lb. sweet onions, sliced thin

5 (15 oz. cans) of beef broth

1 cup dry white wine

5 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1/4 cup brandy

salt and pepper to taste

Heat butter and olive oil in a large stock pot or Dutch oven until butter is melted. Add onions and saute over medium-high heat until the onions are browned and caramelized but not burnt. Stir frequently, about 30 minutes. Add broth, wine and Dijon mustard. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until flavors marry, about 15 minutes. Add brandy and simmer 3 minutes longer. Season soup with salt and pepper to taste.

~ croque monsieur croutons ~

1/2 inch-thick slices crusty, chewy country bread (I like THIS bread for this recipe)

3 cups grated gruyere or swiss cheese

2 cups coarsely chopped ham

Dijon mustard and butter

nutmeg

fresh thyme leaves

Arrange bread on baking sheet (I usually plan on about 2 open faced sandwiches per guest…this will make about 10.) Combine the butter and Dijon mustard and spread on the bread slices. Mound cheese and ham on bread, sprinkle with pepper and nutmeg. Broil until cheese melts (2 to 3 minutes). Rotate baking sheet for even cooking. Ladle soup into bowls. Garnish with the croque monsieur croutons and a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves.

Enjoy!

~Melissa

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  7 comments for “brandied french onion soup with croque monsieur croutons

  1. February 23, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    Ooohh…I bet this is fabulously good!

    (And I love, love, love the dishes…beatiuful!)

    • Melissa
      February 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      thanks Carrie 🙂 xo

  2. Mary Back
    February 23, 2012 at 11:24 pm

    Oh mercy, Melissa! I’m totally drooling just viewing the picture! And the recipe sounds delicious AND easy! You’re amazing, Dear Lady! <3 xo xo xo

    • Melissa
      February 23, 2012 at 11:34 pm

      thanks Mary 🙂 xo

  3. February 28, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    This sounds fantastic Melissa. A nice twist on a classic and the photo is beautiful!

    • Melissa
      February 28, 2012 at 4:26 pm

      Thanks Carrie 🙂 enjoy.

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