Saute onion in butter until soft. Combine consomme and water and bring to a boil. Add sauted onion and season with pepper. Reduce flame to simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Line the bottom of a 1-1/2 quart oven-proof casserole or 4 individual bowls with croutons. Sprinkle cheese over croutons. Add sherry to consomme mixture and pour over croutons. Bake in a gas oven at 400F for 10 to 15 minutes or until top is bubbly. Serve hot.
Yield; 4 servings
Toasted French bread can be used instead of croutons.
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