Caramelized Onions in the Crockpot

Crockpot Recipes: Caramelized Onions (and French Onion Soup)

Caramelized Onions in the Crockpot

I love caramelized onions, but I really don’t like how long they take to make. And then there seems like there is that narrow window where the onions that I’ve worked so hard to bring to a luscious, golden brown goodness suddenly turn to shriveled, lifeless remnants of their former selves. Ok, maybe that’s a little dramatic, but they are a lot of work and way too easy to screw up. However, the ARE delicious, versatile, and freezer-friendly, so I figure I would see if they would fly in the crockpot.

Ingredients for Caramelized Onions

  • 4 large yellow onions (preferably NOT sweet onions)
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic (optional)
  • 2 T. sugar

Roughly chopped onions

Roughly chop your onions, so that you end up with long pieces. Put everything into a large crockpot and add in sugar. Toss to coat the onions with the sugar. Cook on low for 8-10 hours. The onions should be golden brown. If you use sweet onions, you will end up with alot of water. You will need to leave the lid off for a couple hours in the beginning to get rid of excess liquid or your onions won’t completely caramelize.

Caramelized Onions

At this point, you could be done. You could let your onions cool off, then partition them off into freezer bags or containers to use later. I decided to go ahead an make some French Onion soup because…well, it’s amazing and I love it!

Ingredients for French Onion soup

  • caramelized onions (from 3-4 onions)
  • 6 cups of beef broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 T. thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 Gruyere cheese
  • French bread

Put all of the ingredients together in the crockpot. Cook on high for 3 hours. Ideally, you would ladle your soup into oven safe bowl top with a slice of French bread and the mixture of cheese, and broil for 3-5 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and brown. In a pinch (or if, like me, you don’t have oven safe bowls), you can just use the microwave to melt you cheese. Your bread won’t be as crisp and your cheese won’t be as bubbly, but it will still taste pretty awesome.

A+ French Onion Soup

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! I know I enjoyed making it (except for the crying part). Be sure to check out these great crockpot recipes from other fabulous cooks and bloggers!

 
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Sometimes when I get mad…

Today I got mad over something stupid. At the time, I’m sure it was really important, whatever it was, but now it just seems stupid. Have you ever had one of those days? Today I was having one of those days. Then this happened…

The 6-year old said, “Sometimes when I get mad, I feel like I want to break my toys, but I don’t.” To which the 34-year old replied, “Sometimes when I get mad, I feel like I want to scream and yell, and I do, but I know I shouldn’t.” The 5-year old chimed in, “Sometimes when I get mad, I feel like I want to kick everybody’s butt.”

I was sort of awe struck, and I didn’t really know what to say.

The 6-year old said, “When I’m mad sometimes I listen to music and it makes me feel better”, at which point she started swaying to whatever song was playing at the moment. The 5-year old, always the opportunist, chimed in with, “when I’m mad I like to eat raisins. Can we make some raisins? How long do raisins take to make?”. The 34-year old tried not to cry because she realized what amazing children she had been yelling at just a few minutes ago about something she can’t even remember.

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Recently, I was fortunate enough to join other mom bloggers from San Antonio for an event at Visionworks. It was a great time, and I learned a lot about kid’s eye health. I was particularly interested because the Kindergartener-to-be had his eye screening along with his school check-up, and they were slightly concerned about his vision. He had a little trouble with some of the smaller pictures. I was on the fence about taking his to have an actual eye-exam, but now I will definitely be setting up an appointment!

Our night started out with some delicious empanadas, fresh guac and chips, and some meat skewers, along with strawberry daquiri’s and pina coladas. (Don’t worry, they were “virgin”. Moms have to be safe drivers, y’all!) After some gettting-to-know-you conversation with the other bloggers, we settled in for a little info session from Dr. Florian Safner, VP of Professional Services.

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The crazy thing is that most children don’t realize if their vision is different from normal because they have always seen the world that way. Luckily, there are some symptoms that we, as parents and teachers, can look for that may indicate that a child is having trouble seeing correctly:

  • squinting
  • complaining of frequent headaches
  • bumping into things
  • hyperactivity (yes, some children diagnosed with ADHD actually just have poor vision!)
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