Active Time
10 Mins
Total Time
40 Mins
Yield
Serves 8 to 10 (serving size: about 1 1/2 ounces)  

Rather than serving French Onion soup topped with bread to a crowd, serve a more easily-shared, portable version with all of the same flavor. A  French Onion Cheese Ball with toasted baguette slices makes the perfect game-watching appetizer and it much less likely to spill during the celebration of a big play. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine the cream cheese and gruyere in the bowl of a food processor; process until smooth.

Step 2

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, sugar, salt, and pepper to pan, stirring frequently until liquid is released and onions are opaque. Stir in sherry vinegar to deglaze pan; remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

Step 3

Stir onion mixture and onion soup mix into cheese mixture; mix until evenly incorporated. Scrape cream cheese mixture onto a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.

Step 4

Using lightly moistened hands, shape cream cheese mixture into a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until it can be easily rolled.

Step 5

Coarsely chop about 1/2 of the baguette into pieces; reserve remaining half for serving. Place chopped baguette in the bowl of a food processor; pulse until fine crumbs form. Heat a cast-iron pan over medium-high; add butter to pan. Once melted, stir in the baguette crumb; cook, stirring frequently, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Toss bread crumbs with thyme.

Step 6

Spread bread crumb mixture evenly on a rimmed baking sheet. Roll the cheese ball in the crumb mixture to evenly coat.

Step 7

Place cheese ball on a serving platter; serve with additional sliced baguette.

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