I finally christened my crockpot. I saw a french onion soup recipe on Pinterest from How Sweet it Is (whose recipes are amazing!) that I just knew I had to try. FOS is one of our favorites (like that acronym?) but I’ve never made it before because it’s so time consuming. But honestly, it was easy-peasy!
First we cut up some onions and garlic and combined it with balsamic vinegar, butter, salt and brown sugar.
We covered that combination for an hour, then added some flour and let it sit for 5 minutes.
Then we added beer (we had yuengling in the fridge, so that’s what I used), beef stock, thyme and pepper, and let it sit for SEVEN hours.
Our entire apartment building smelled like FOS, big time. It was awesome.
Once it was all cooked and lookin’ glorious, we spooned the soup in bowls, cut a slice of french bread and covered with gruyere cheese.
We put it under the broiler for 2 minutes and VOILA!
- 4 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 4 tablespoons of butter
- 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 8 ounces of beer
- 64 ounces of low-sodium beef stock
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- French bread
- Gruyere cheese, sliced (we didn’t LOVE the gruyere, so made it with mozzarella cheese when we had it for leftovers later in the week. It’s not as traditional, but we preferred it this way)
1. Set crock pot on high and add onions, garlic, brown sugar, butter, salt and balsamic vinegar and mix until combined.
2. Cover and let cook for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and slightly brown on the edges.
3. Add in flour, then stir thoroughly and cover for 5 minutes.
4. Add in beer, beef stock, thyme, and pepper.
5. Turn heat down to low, cover and cook for 6-8 hours.
6. Before serving, cut french bread or baguette into slices. Fill soup bowls to the top, then cover with a slice of bread and a slice(s) of cheese.
7. Set bowls under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown.
8. NOW ENJOY!!
**Doesn’t it look yummy?? Let me tell you, it really was! Keep me posted if you make this…I’d love to hear about it! Especially what cheese you use. For us it’s still a work in progress. **