Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Classic Bistro Soup



Just a few Saturdays ago, Paris was chilly with a "few odd showers about". Blue skies kept popping through and stopping the rain periodically.....the perfect time of year for the classic bowl of French Onion Soup.This soup is all about cooking the onions until perfectly caramelized, dark and tender. Then, for me, the best part...the big gooey cheese on the top. Aged Swiss (Gruyere) is the key to getting that rich bubbling crust on the top of the soup. I always seem to have a difficult time scooping up a chunk of the croutes (toasted baguettes) smothered with cheese, and getting it into my mouth without leaving a trail of cheese from the bowl to my mouth! I recently read this classic soup is eaten in the mornings for breakfast as a cure for the common hangover........I think I just would prefer to savor it for lunch! The bistro is located at the entrance of the Paul Bert ( flea) Market on the left. A perfect location to taste this classic, luscious soup.

13 comments:

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

Absolutely the best! I want some right now!

Penny said...

Love this soup. Wish I were eating it in Paris.

Christine said...

Your soup photo is making me drool, at breakfast time, and I don't have a hangover! How did I miss this flea market? Where in Paris is it?
So nice, as always, to hear from you Jann.

Jann said...

Christine! how are you? This market is over in Port de Clignancourt,further up the stree from Marche Dauphine. As you pass that market,walk about three more blocks and turn left.You will see the big sign overhead,the one on the blog, and turn in there. It is full of charming relics!

Jann said...

T.W. You have got to taste this soup.it melts in your mouth!

Jann said...

Penny~ i hope you get to taste this soon!

Simona said...

You made me realize that I haven't made this soup in a long time. I will fix this shortly. It looks like you had a lovely time in Paris.

Mimi from French Kitchen said...

I have not yet been up in that part of Paris, Jann. I could really go for a bowl of onion soup today. It is wet and gray here. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jann said...

Mimi~I would love to me to meet you there some day and show you around.....and of course, enjoy a warm bowl of soup with you!

Jann said...

Simona~i think I will be making some here this weekend. I have several French recipes that would hit the spot. Would love to hear all about your trip back to Cortona? Hope you enjoyed some fabulous food and great weather!

Juliana said...

Yummie, love your soup, looks absolutely delicious...great for this weather :-)

My Carolina Kitchen said...

French onion soup is one of my all time favorites.
Sam

Enzie Shahmiri said...

I love the melted Gruyere over the soup Without it French Onion soup is only half as good.