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Onion Bake
May 03, 2011

This was just okay as-is. Because of the description, I was expecting more of a French onion soup flavor, but didn't really remind me of French onion soup at all. I agree with other reviewers that this recipe calls for WAY too much butter. I only used a total of two sticks of butter (one cup) for frying the onions and dipping the bread. Any more would have made the dish extremely soupy, as it was already pretty juicy anyway. It is also impossible to cook six onions in a "small pan" as the directions state. I used my largest skillet (12-inch) and still had to cook them in two batches. Like another reviewer, I cooked the onions much longer than 10-15 minutes...more like 20-25 minutes. I used a French baguette and we loved the fact that the crustiness of this bread allowed it to stay a little crunchy rather than getting soggy from the soup mixture. I did substitute Swiss cheese instead of the mozzarella as suggested, thinking that would make it more like French onion soup. I also salted the onions a bit as they cooked to help draw out the juices. Even so, the onions with the soup/milk mixture were still a little bit bland. This recipe definitely has potential, so I'll try it again, but I think I'll use cream of celery soup and beef consomme instead of the cream of chicken soup and milk to give it more of a French onion soup flavor. I also think I'll cut the baguette into croutons and toast them before using them to top the casserole.

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