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Old 01-15-2018, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Phoenix-Valley of the Sun
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so yummy! This is the thread of the year.
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Old 01-15-2018, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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so yummy! This is the thread of the year.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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French Onion is my favorite soup.

The two things I have found that take a basic onion soup over the top are:

- A shot of sherry (cooking sherry is fine)

- Instead of the customary Parmesan cheese on the bread/cheese topper, I saw a recipe that used Swiss Cheese (which I would not have thought of), and now it's the only cheese I use for the topping on the bread (put on a piece of extra crusty baguette and broiled with the soup under the broiler in an oven-proof serving bowl). Delicious.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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- Instead of the customary Parmesan cheese on the bread/cheese topper, I saw a recipe that used Swiss Cheese (which I would not have thought of), and now it's the only cheese I use for the topping on the bread (put on a piece of extra crusty baguette and broiled with the soup under the broiler in an oven-proof serving bowl). Delicious.
I've never had it with Parmesan. I've never made it but every restaurant where I've had it has used Gruyere.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:13 PM
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Location: South Bay Native
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I've never had it with Parmesan. I've never made it but every restaurant where I've had it has used Gruyere.
Yes, gruyère is the traditional cheese used to top French onion soup - Parmesan is an Italian cheese, not very French. If we want to go with Swiss cheese, I'd skip the domestic and do an Emmentaler cheese version. Emmental cheese is quite comparable to - you guessed it - gruyère. A nice aged Gouda might also work well with the soup, if gruyère is unavailable. Gruyère is quite costly around here.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:41 PM
 
Location: North Oakland
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I've never had it with Parmesan. I've never made it but every restaurant where I've had it has used Gruyere.
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Yes, gruyère is the traditional cheese used to top French onion soup - Parmesan is an Italian cheese, not very French. If we want to go with Swiss cheese, I'd skip the domestic and do an Emmentaler cheese version. Emmental cheese is quite comparable to - you guessed it - gruyère. A nice aged Gouda might also work well with the soup, if gruyère is unavailable. Gruyère is quite costly around here.
I would now mix one part Parmigiano-Reggiano with two parts gruyère, or maybe use less expensive Jarlsberg instead of gruyère. That's what my mother used in the 1970s.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:46 PM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Gruyère is a Swiss cheese, it originated in Switzerland. So don't be telling me it is French You can use whatever cheese you like in your cooking.
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Old 01-15-2018, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Gruyère is a Swiss cheese
That's true. It's sharper and stronger than traditional Swiss (even Emmentaler), though.
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:31 AM
 
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Trade mark of a good french onion soup is a burnt tongue and can't taste anything for a week.
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Old 01-22-2018, 08:19 PM
 
Location: The Land Mass Between NOLA and Mobile, AL
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I'm in the gruyère camp as well, along with the thyme, bay leaf, and red wine/deglazing ones. For any vegetarians out there, (my little half-sis and birth mom are), you might be interested in a french onion soup they made with no beef broth; it was quite good. They caramelized the onions for a good long time, deglazed with a good red wine, and then used a combination of stout and vegetable broth (along with bay leaf and thyme). It was quite good; the stout lent a nutty, malty flavor to the dish. Just thought I'd throw that out there for our herbivore friends.
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