To prepare a delicious French onion soup slow cooker, first put a large sauce pan on the stove and melt 1/4 cup of butter. When it’s completely melted, add in 2 sliced red onions and 2 sliced sweet or yellow onions. Stir onions to completely coat them with the butter, then sauté them in the pan for 20 minutes on low heat. When onions are adequately cooked, they will reduce and have a “syrupy” consistency.
Methode French Onion Soup Slow Cooker :
At this point, you will add 8 cups of beef stock or beef broth. Throw in 2 sprigs of parsley, 1 sprig of thyme leaves, and 1 bay leaf. Bring this to a boil. Once boiling, turn the heat to low and cover. Let it simmer covered on low heat for 20 minutes while soup should thicken. After 20 minutes, remove the thyme and bay leaf, add 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar, add salt and pepper to taste and stir well.
Ladle the soup evenly into ramekins. Now place croutons or a piece of toasted baguette onto the top of the soup in each ramekin. Over the bread you will put 2 slices of Gruyère or Swiss cheese to cover the top completely. Top the sliced cheese with a sprinkle of mozzarella cheese. Place the ramekins into a preheated oven set to broil. After about 5 minutes, check to see if the cheese is melted onto the bread, and slightly brown. If so, remove ramekins from the oven. Top the bowl of soup with chopped parsley and enjoy!
French onion soup slow cooker came about in ancient Roman times. It was then thought of as the poor man’s food because there was an overabundance of onions grown at that time. The more modern version of the soup started in the 18th century in France. This was when 2 new details were added to the recipe–the caramelization of the onions and cooking the soup in beef broth. However, in ancient times they did add the toasted bread and cheese to the top of the soup. This soup became popular again in the 1960′s because of the rise in popularity of French cuisine.
Caramelization occurs when the vegetable, or onion in this case, is cooked in fat, whether it be butter or oil, and salted, then cooked covered over low heat. This process, called sweating, pulls the moisture out of the vegetable. After the vegetable is removed, broth is poured over the pan drippings, which are scraped off of the pan (this process is called deglazing) and then made into a gravy. In French onion soup slow cooker, some chefs pour sherry or cognac onto pan drippings, deglaze the pan, and in turn, create more flavor for the soup.
If you do not have the time to prepare a good French onion soup, yet you still want to have a bowl at your next meal, you may find that some stores offer it in the frozen food section. There is also a canned condensed version located in your grocery store’s soup aisle. You would simply add water and cook this on the stove. If this isn’t an option that you would like to try as a quick version of the French onion soup, you may be able to find it in powder/mix form, also in your soup aisle. In both cases, you would still have to add your own crouton and cheese, then broil it in order to have the next best thing to homemade French onion soup slow cooker. Truthfully, using real onions that you slice and sauté yourself would be a fresher and tastier option.
When deciding on a delicious meal to serve alongside your French onion soup, you have a few options. If you want to stay lighter, serve it with a green salad and a fresh baguette. Or if you have a sweet tooth, try eating it with a fruit salad or a chicken or tuna salad for something richer. If this is not enough to satisfy your appetite, you can eat your soup with steamed vegetables and a grilled chicken breast, or a grilled filet.
Regardless of what you eat with your homemade French onion soup slow cooker, it will be delicious as an appetizer or a main course. It is an exquisite classic soup to be enjoyed by everyone, whether you are in France or not.