at the Water's Edge

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Crock Pot French Onion Soup

Easy Slow Cooker French Onion Soup in a Crock Pot

So, I have to be honest. I am not sure that I have ever tried French Onion Soup before tonight. It always sounded intriguing, but looked kind of weird, so I shied away. I've been searching for interesting recipes for my new handy dandy Crock Pot I got for Christmas, and I came across this recipe for French Onion Soup.  It sounded delicious, but the slow cooker is mostly for work days, and I definitely didn't have time to caramelize onions in the morning.  So, I searched for a different recipe, and found this one. As usual, there were parts of each recipe that sounded better to me (or that fit the available ingredients on hand -- let's be honest: I was looking up these recipes last night at 11pm when I suddenly realized recipe 1 wouldn't work for the morning!).  So, I kind of combined the two and came out with this:

This is Tom's latest home brew that I used in the recipe!

  • 3 1/2 large sweet onions, sliced thinly
  • 8 cups beef broth
  • 1 cup beer (I used Tom's latest home brew!)
  • 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. minced garlic
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • A few small sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme (from the little that I have growing in my sun in my sun room. Any growth right now is debatable.)
  • Crusty bread (I think I had a ciabatta loaf)
  • Gouda cheese
So easy! Hardest part is slicing onions...
Place sliced onions in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add beef broth and beer. Top with balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, butter and herbs. Cook on low for 8 hours. Just before serving, top a couple of pieces of crusty bread with the Gouda. Bake at 400 degrees until melted, then broil for a few minutes until bubbly. Ladle the soup into a small bowl and top with cheesy toasts!

I thought this turned out great! Of course, my caveat being I'm not sure if I ever have had French Onion Soup before and hence not sure if this is the expected taste. Anywho, I'll eat it!

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Hi there! My name is Dana and I live in West Michigan with my husband, Tom and our dog Copernicus. I created this space as a place to share the things I learn along this journey I call life. I work in marketing and I'm a sort of Jane of All Trades, interested in all things nature, gardening, cooking, exploring and learning new things. This blog is a conglomeration of my interests, hobbies, life and life lessons. Thanks for stopping by!