French Onion Soup & Le Tour Eiffel

French Onion Soup & Le Tour Eiffel


  • 4 Tablespoons unsalted butter
    5 medium yellow onions, peeled and sliced thin
    1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
    6 cups chicken broth
    1 3/4 cups beef broth
    1/4 cup dry red or white wine
    2 Tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
    1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
    1 bay leaf
    1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
    Salt and black pepper
    1 French baguette loaf, cut on angle into 3/4 inch slices
    4 1/2 ounces Swiss or Gruyere cheese, sliced thin
    3 ounces Asiago cheese, grated


  1. Cut the onions evenly into 1/4-inch slices.

    Melt butter in large pot over medium-high heat. Add sliced onions and � teaspoon salt, stirring to coat onions thoroughly with butter. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are reduced and browning, approximately 30 to 35 minutes.

    Stir in chicken and beef broths, wine, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf, scraping pot bottom with wooden spoon to loosen browned bits; bring to simmer.Simmer, stirring occasionally for 30 minutes.

    Remove herbs and discard. Stir in balsamic vinegar and adjust seasonings with salt and pepper to taste.

    Preheat oven to 400˚F. Arrange the baguette slices in single layer on baking sheet and bake until the bread crisp and golden for about 10 minutes, take care that they do not burn. Set aside.

    When ready to serve the onion soup, adjust oven rack to upper middle position and increase oven to broil. (500˚F)

    Set heat proof bowls on baking sheet and fill each with about 1 cup soup. Top each bowl with two (2) toasted baguette slices and divide Swiss cheese slices, laying them in a single layer on top of the bread.

    Sprinkle each with Asiago cheese. Place the bowls into the oven, about 5 to 6 inches from the broiler and let broil until cheese is brown and bubbly, about 10 minutes.

Of course we had to sample the tomato mozzarella salad, the French onion soup and the chocolate mousse as we waited for the sun to descend on Paris and the lights to be turn on the Eiffel tower.  (A little note on the Eiffel tower – – – if you do not like crowds you may not like actually going UP the Eiffel tower).


The view from the bottom is spectacular (really it is bigger than I ever imagined!)….but for me actually going up brought more anxiety than it is worth.  Thank goodness I was with a crowd who likes to giggle and find the fun in it all.

A classic salad of tomato, buffalo mozzarella and a basic/olive oil mixture:


The outdoor cafes are charming and alluring, but often actually siting at them includes someone smoking beside you or else pedestrians slightly bumping your table as they walk by.  For us, in the end a table inside was more our style.


Les petite chiens are allowed in restaurants all over Paris so you can expect this little guy begging at your table from time to time. Thank goodness he was cute!


And for me, relaxing along the Seine was something I could do all day with the sun brilliant like the day below.



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