Bastille Day French Onion Soup

Bastille Day French Onion Soup

La Fete Nationale, or national day of celebration, is more commonly known as Bastille Day which is celebrated each year on July 14th. (Joyeux quatorze juillet!) In France, and cities around the world, people celebrate the 18th century storming of Bastille during the French Revolution, and which forever changed the world in it's wake. It was around this time that a single soup, known today (in America) as French onion soup became widely popular in France. It was a flavorful dish that was as affordable to the proletariat as it was to the bourgeoisie.

 While everyone, and their uncle (Jean Claude) has their particular method for making French onion soup, one ingredient is always necessary: cheese. Gruyère cheese is a requirement for this dish, and substitutions are punishable by the guillotine. 

  • 1 32 oz box of chicken broth
  • 14.5 oz beef broth (1 can)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 baguette sliced
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of sour cream
  • 8 oz Gruyère cheese
  • 2 oz of roast beef chopped
  • ½ cup of cooking sherry
  • 4 cloves of minced garlic

  1. Chop garlic, roast beef, and onions and place in large pot over medium high heat with a bit of butter. Add ½ cup a sherry, salt pepper, vinegar, and stir until reduced and onions are softened. Add beef and chicken broth then increase heat to high and bring to a boil while stirring.
  1. Once boiling, shut burner off and add one tablespoon of sour cream while whisking vigorously.
  2. Ladle into bowls.
  3. Take 2 ½ inch slices of baguette bread and lay on top. Top with cheese. Ladle one more spoon full over cheese.


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