On our Christmas trip to Walt Disney World last year one of the “OMG I HAVE TO GO HERE!!” restaurants was Be Our Guest at Magic Kingdom.
All I have heard about was the amazing Gray Stuff that you just have to try. Oui Oui, I knew I just had to find a way to get a table here to try that and the Be Our Guest French onion soup.
My hubby was able to snag last minute reservations for us on a whim as a surprise to me and I was over the top excited to go! It was going to be the highlight of my trip, at least food wise. Let us not forget that it is the only place at the Magic Kingdom that you can get one of my fave things, wine.
If you know me at all you know my fave Disney princess is Belle. She has to be the luckiest girl ever. She has soooo many books and all the time in the world to read them. Oh and she lives in a castle, with a prince, and servants, and grey stuff… sigh…
The highlight of my meal was definitely the french onion soup. I liked it so much that I forced my fave cousin/co-blogger to go back with me a few days later so we could once again experience the cheesy-goodness. I decided it was something I could re-create at home with some ease (especially since I googled like four recipes while I was sitting in the West Wing at the Master’s castle). Anyways – here is my version (it’s somewhat different from the other versions I’ve found as I don’t season it as heavily)
Be Our Guest French Onion Soup Copy Cat Recipe
3 lbs of yellow onions sliced in half and then sliced into chunky “petals”
Stick of butter (I like Kerrygold but generic is fine)
Some cheap semi dry white wine (some to drink, and just a bit to deglaze the pan)
2 quarts beef broth (Better than Bouillon is better)
1/4 cup flour
1.5 T dried parsley
2.5 T dried thyme
3-4 bay leaves (size dependent)
some salt and pepper – you choose
croutons or french bread
gruyere cheese, sliced (I had to buy the kind that comes packaged and you get 5 slices per pack so just buy it whatever and eat the leftovers or wish you had more)
Wine – for consumption
You need a big stock pot. I do recommend that you use at the very least a 5 quart size because 3 pounds of onions looks pretty intense.
Melt the butter on low heat then toss in the onions. Add them in a few handfuls at a time or it will take forever. This is not a bad thing as it allows for more time to drink wine. After they are mostly reduced/cooked turn to high and really sear those onions hard until they are caramelized and mostly clear. At this point you can deglaze your pot with the wine if you didn’t drink all of it already.
SLOWLY whisk in flour and a bit of broth to make a roux (gravy), then slowly put in the rest of the broth at a rate that the soup stays thickish. Also dump in your spices at this point. I like to put mine in a tea ball infuser so I can fish it out and not have lots of herbs floating around in the soup. This works particularly well if you have someone in your household that dislikes vegetables or anything green. Simmer while you open another bottle of wine. At this point you will want to turn your oven on to broil and let it preheat.
Ladle the soup 3/4 full into ceramic oven safe bowls placed on a large flat baking pan. You will only want to prepare as many servings as you will be immediately serving. Make sure you have removed the tea ball or bay leaves. Place your French Bread or croutons into the soup and top with a slice of cheese. Broil for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is brown and bubbly. You will know it is done because it will look awesome. You are going for a scorched look if you want it melted all the way through.
If you are cooking for fewer people this recipe can be very easily halved, but I do find that it freezes and reheats very nicely. Do you have a favorite Disney recipe that you would like to see us tackle?