SLOW COOKER FRENCH ONION SOUP ————–Click on “SHOW MORE” to see the FULL RECIPE ————– This recipe may take some time to put together but is worth every minute. We used to serve this at Marie Callender’s, and I miss it so much. PRINTABLE RECIPE AND NUTRITIONAL VALUES: RECIPE: INGREDIENTS: 1 stick butter 5 sweet yellow onions, sliced 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. pepper 1/4 cup flour 64 oz. beef broth (two 32-oz. containers) 1 tsp. sugar (optional) I only use this if my onions aren’t labeled “sweet onions” 2 tsp. minced garlic 1/4 tsp. dried thyme (not ground) 1/4 tsp. dried oregano (not ground) 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar 1 bay leaf For serving (not included in nutritional count): 1 baguette olive oil 1 whole garlic clove sliced swiss cheese (can use provolone or gruyere) (about 2 slices needed per serving) shredded parmesan cheese (use about 1 tablespoon per serving) serving) SLOW COOKER SIZE: 5-QUART OR LARGER INSTRUCTIONS: In a large skillet set to medium-high heat, add the butter. When the butter is melted add the sliced onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Saute the onion until browned and caramelized. This will take about 10 minutes. Stir often. Adjust the heat if they start to burn. When the onions are done cooking add the flour to the butter and onions. Cook for 2 more minutes. Add the floured onions to the slow cooker. Add the beef broth, sugar (if using), garlic, thyme, oregano, Worcestershire sauce, and balsamic vinegar. Stir well. Add the bay leaf on top. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours. Remove bay leaf before serving. How to make the homemade croutons: Preheat the oven to 500 degrees (broil). Cut a baguette into 1/4 inch slices. Place slices on a sheet pan. Using a pastry brush, brush olive oil onto the slices. Place the sheet pan under the broiler. Cook for about 3-5 minutes or until browned and toasty. Cut a garlic clove tip off and rub each piece of cooked bread with it. This will give the bread garlic flavor. How to assemble the bowls of soup: Fill an ovenproof bowl with the French Onion Soup broth. Place the bowl in a pie tin or on a sheet pan. (You can make more than one bowl at a time). Add the homemade croutons (or store-bought) on top of the soup. Place 1-2 pieces of swiss cheese (can use provolone or gruyere) and sprinkle on parmesan cheese. Broil until the cheese starts to brown and is bubbly. FAN MAIL: The Magical Slow Cooker Sarah Olson PO BOX 70586 Springfield, OR 97475 #crockpot #frenchonionsoup .