Five Star French Onion Soup

french onion soup

3 lb onion, peeled

1/2 cup butter

1 1/2 tsp pepper, black

2 tbs paprika

1 bay leaf

3/4 cup flour

3 quart beef bouillon

1 cup white grape juice

2 tsp salt

1/2 lb Swiss cheese

French bread

Slice onions, 1/8 inch thick. Melt butter, place onions in it, saute slowly for 1-2 minutes in a large soup pot. Add all other ingredients except bouillon, wine and salt, saute over low heat 10 minutes more. Add bouillon and juice and simmer 2 hours. Adjust color to a brown with caramel coloring or liquid browning sauce. Season to taste with salt. Put in refrigerator overnight.

To serve: Heat soup. Fill oven-proof casserole or individual oven-proof bowls with 1 cup soup, top with three one-half inch slices of French Bread and top with a slice of Swiss cheese (Gruyere preferred). Place under broiler to brown, approximately 5 minutes at 550 degrees.

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