The magical slow cooker
– 1 stick butter – 5 sweet yellow onions sliced – 1 tsp. salt – 1/4 tsp. pepper – 1/4 cup flour – 64 oz. beef broth – 1 tsp. sugar – 2 tsp. minced garlic For serving – 1 baguette – olive oil – 1 whole garlic clove – sliced swiss cheese
In a skillet set to medium high, add the butter, add the sliced onions. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper. Saute the onion until browned and caramelized.
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, garlic, thyme, oregano, Worcestershire sauce & balsamic vinegar. Stir well. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 8 hours.
Preheat the oven to 500F. Cut a baguette into slices. Place slices on a sheet pan, brush olive oil onto the slices. Cook for about 3-5 minutes.
Fill an ovenproof bowl with the French Onion Soup broth. Place the bowl in a pie tin or on a sheet pan.
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. Serve and enjoy!