French onion soup is about as classic as it’s possible for a dish to be, and there are few other soups that we find as satisfying, especially during the winter time. Still, as simple as it is, actually preparing and cooking it can be a time-consuming, tricky process, especially since the key element is cooking the onions slowly and carefully to caramelize them. What do if you’re craving the tasty soup but don’t have the time to stand over the stove? The answer, when you think about it, is obvious: get your slow cooker involved and let it worry for you! Here’s how to use it to make PERFECT French onion soup.
This is a ridiculously easy soup, especially since it cooks in a slow cooker! When it’s been simmering all day, you come home to an amazing aroma and a fabulous meal for a cold winter day.
Excellent! I followed this recipe to the letter (with the exception of substituting the Gruyere and Emmental with provolone and Swiss) and the soup was to weep for. The smell drove us mad all day long: it was hard to wait 8 hrs!
This is one of the better slow-cooker recipes I’ve tried. Do take the time to carmalize the onions – the fond makes a lot of difference. Whatever else you do, please do not use ‘cooking’ sherry, which isn’t really sherry and tastes mainly like sour salt water. Use real cocktail (dry) sherry if you have it. If not, a little bourbon, red wine, or Mediera will do. And try to use the cheezes specified, but it you must substitute, regular Deli-style swiss and/or Provolone are better than Mozzerella, which is too bland and milky for the richness of the dish. Finally, I found that slow-baking the bread slices to dry them works better than toasting because the toasted bread is softer and will dissolve in the hot liquid too quickly.
3 pounds yellow onions, peeled, cut in half and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 tablespoons olive oil
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