Monday, January 9, 2012

Crockpot French Onion Soup

I never order French Onion Soup...ever. But, for some reason I did on New Year's Eve. We went to dinner at Chops in Asheville, NC and it was probably the best soup I've had in awhile. Ever since I have been obsessed with making it. I found this recipe at Fat Girl Trapped in a Skinny Body. I always have a ton of onions on hand since we add them to practically everything. I can’t believe how easy it was; just throw everything in the crockpot and you're done. 8 hours later...a rich and delicious soup with an ooey, gooey, and cheesy topping is waiting for you! The best way to eat this soup is with a tomato and mozzarella grilled cheese sandwich...oh yum!

Crockpot French Onion Soup

4 medium sweet onions, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves, minced
4 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons flour
8 ounces of beer
64 ounces of vegetable stock
2 tablespoons fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
french bread
mozzarella cheese, sliced

Set your crock pot on high, then add onions, garlic, butter, salt and balsamic and mix until combined. Cover and let cook for 60 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are a bit caramelized and brown on the edges. Add in flour, then stir thoroughly and let sit for 5 minutes. Add in beer, stock, thyme, and pepper, then turn heat down to low, cover and cook for 6-8 hours.
Before serving, cut french bread or baguette into slices. Fill soup bowls to the top, then cover with slice of bread and a slice of cheese. Set under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and golden brown. Be careful when serving the bowls will be hot!


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