December 29, 2010 by blackbirdideas
What’s my favorite soup? Why, French Onion of course. It really is. I love that cheesy layer on top of the soup. It always keeps me coming back for more.
So, to break in my new Slow Cooker that I got for Christmas, I decided to whip up a batch. The thing about the Slow Cooker (a.k.a. Crockpot) is that you really have to be prepared to use it. I had to wake up and go and get my ingredients from the ghetto Kroger so that it would be ready in time for dinner. And it is slooooow. I truly learned that “a watched pot never boils” is true.
Here are the ingredients:
- 32 oz. of beef broth
- 3 T butter
- 2 yellow onions
- 1/2 T granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup cooking sherry (or dry white wine would probably work)
- 1/2 t kosher salt (you might need more if your butter isn’t salted)
- slices of french bread TOASTED
- gruyere cheese (swiss could work too)
Next, melt the butter and toss in the onions
Pour in the Beef Broth
Add 1/2 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp sugar
Add 1/4 c. of Sherry Cooking Wine
And Baaaaaa Daaaaa…. Looks gross.
So, I put the lid on and set the timer for about 8 hours. I cleaned and then went shopping.
At the tail end of my shopping trip, I hit up a movie.
And nibbled on some sweets.
When I returned it was dinner time. And the best part? I didn’t have to do anything other than ladle out my soup and throw it under the broiler.
I added a slice of TOASTED, yes, TOASTED French Bread. As you can tell from the pictures below, I made the mistake of not toasting my bread first and it turned into a mushy mess! I had to pull the bread out and start over once I realized. So remember TOAST your bread!
Add a slice of Gruyere or Swiss cheese. I used Gruyere, but in retrospect I would use Swiss. Swiss is a little lighter and the soup was pretty rich.
Throw the bowl under the broiler and watch it bubble and brown…
Then serve your cheesy goodness up. It tasted like it belonged in a restaurant. I couldn’t believe it!
Salty, oniony, cheesy… Mmmm mmmm… Give it a try on one of these cold nights. And don’t forget to toast your bread.