Last Sunday, I made French Onion soup in the crockpot, thinking I’d have it for Monday dinner as well, along with some sandwiches. Not. I did not know it was my husband’s favorite soup meal. It was gone by Sunday night. So I made more today. And know better than to hope there’ll be much left for tomorrow. But hey – that’s okay. When you hit on a favorite, it’s rewarding enough to see it disappear.
I’ve been trying to master the art of crockpot cooking. Easier said than done when I leave by 7:30 am and neither of us is rarely home before 6:00 pm. So . . .
- I bought a new crockpot, the kind with the removable crock (after 18 years with my old one, I figured I could splurge on a new one!)
- And because the models with the built-in timer are entirely too big for the two of us, I bought a $10 appliance timer from the hardware store, the kind you can use to turn your lights on when you’re away from home. I set it to start around 9:00 am and shut off around 5:30 pm.
- I also started browning and cutting up ingredients the night before and putting them in the crockpot in the fridge overnight. I set the cold crock into the heating unit in the morning and add any liquid ingredients at that time.
Obviously recipes with the longest cooking times, and without rice, noodles or cream bases work the best. I’m constantly on the lookout for good recipes to try. We both seem to prefer soups and stews right now so if you have some suggestions, I’m open!
Oh, and here’s the French Onion soup recipe. I prefer to top the soup with croutons and cheese shavings, as opposed to toasting French bread and topping it with messy slabs of mozzarella. Less complicated and messy – does anyone really enjoy eating soup with cheese hanging out of their mouth? Does the lack of French bread make this un-French onion soup? I think not!
6 large onions (I’ve been using 3 large Vidalia or Mayan onions, much better flavor)
1 stick butter
6 cans beef broth
2-3 bay leaves
2-3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Croutons (use the best you can find, I like the Rothsberry Farms brand best)
Fontinella cheese, shaved (can also use Parmesan or other hard cheeses)
Saute onions in butter until tender and sweet. (I’ve been doing this step on Saturday night and putting it together on Sunday morning). Add onions, broth, bay leaves and Worcestershire sauce to crockpot and cook on low for 5-7 hours. Serve with croutons topped with cheese shavings. Enjoy!