Aired February 3, 2012
2 loaves baguette, halved and split or 4 crusty sub rolls 12 inches each split
6 tablespoons butter
4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
For the French Onion Steak Filling:
1 tablespoon EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tablespoons butter
2 large or 3 medium onions, very thinly sliced
Salt and pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground thyme
1 large fresh bay leaf
1/4 cup dry sherry or 1/2 cup dry white wine
2 cans beef consomm or 3 cups beef stock
4 flat-iron steaks or 1 1/2 to 2 pounds flank steak
3 cups shredded Gruyre cheese
Toast bread in a 375F oven to golden. Melt butter in a small pan over medium heat until it foams. Stir in garlic 1-2 minutes then remove from heat and stir in parsley. Brush toasted bread liberally with garlic butter and reserve.
Heat EVOO in a large skillet over medium heat then add butter. When it foams, add onions and season with salt, pepper, thyme and bay. Cook until caramel in color, 30 minutes. Add consomm to onions.
Set rack in middle of oven and switch on broiler.
Heat griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat; drizzle with oil. Season room temperature steaks liberally with kosher salt and pepper. Cook 10 minutes, turning once. Let stand 5 minutes, thinly slice against the grain and drop into onion soup. Pile steak and onions onto toasted bread bottoms arranged on a baking sheet. Top with lots of cheese and melt under broiler. Set tops in place and serve.