French Onion Soup is a delicately flavored hot and savory soup made from some kind of meat stock, usually beef, and onions that are slowly cooked for perfect caramelization. It is common to add a small amount of cooking sherry or brandy towards the end of the preparation process in order to bring out the flavors in the soup. It is usually then topped with either toasted bread or croutons and grated comte cheese or one of several other hard white cheeses. Finally, the soup with the crouton and cheese topping is broiled so that the cheese becomes browned to perfection. French onion soup is a staple of any good French restaurant. This soup is traditionally served as a starter. However, it is also very often served as a delicious, well rounded light meal as well.
Historically, onion soup was seen as food for poor people due to the abundance and cheap availability of onions in Europe. The same is true of many foods such as lobster or oysters which have, in the past few centuries, become highly sought-after delicacies. The difference between these foods and French onion soup is that it is not merely the main ingredient which makes the dish a delicacy, but the careful preparation. French onion soup can be traced, in one form or another, all the way back to Ancient Roman times. The soup is first recorded as being made in France in the 18th century. As French food was popularized throughout the United States (and indeed the rest of the world), French onion soup made a comeback with a vengeance and has since remained a staple dish of great restaurants such as Restaurant X.
French onion soup is a light dish, with fewer than 175 calories per serving. The beef base makes it relatively high in protein as well, compared to many other soups, with up to 5-6 grams per serving. This makes it perfect for the first course in a full dinner experience or for a lighter option on its own. It contains a reasonable amount of both fat and carbohydrates as well, which makes it a very nutritionally balanced dish. Allergens include dairy and gluten, but the dish can easily be modified to be served without these components without sacrificing the delicate taste and texture.
The chef here at Atlas Steakhouse is highly trained in the art of cooking. Every member of our kitchen staff prides itself on a passionate dedication to food, from the assistants all the way to the head chef. We are proud to put that training and dedication to use when preparing the best French onion soup you have ever tasted. Every step of the process is carefully done. First, our chefs select the finest available ingredients. Then we prepare the soup using techniques taught to our chefs by masters of the culinary arts. Finally, we share our culinary masterpiece with you in the hope that you too will savor the delicate flavor and fascinating history of our French onion soup.