Our eggs make GREAT omelets due to the high quality of our chicken’s diet and all the fresh air and sunshine they enjoy. Let me tell you how our most recent omelet masterpiece began: with me craving French Onion Soup with caramelized onions! I LOVE caramelized onions! Golden brown and so sweet, caramelized onions are so yummy, but who wants to stand and stir a pot for 45 minutes or more? Here’s a cooking hack I’ve been seeing and finally tried yesterday: Caramelized Onions in a Crock Pot!
Start with a crock pot full of sliced yellow onions. I used my food processor to slice enough onions to fill up my 4 quart crock pot. (This picture is after they’ve cooked down a bit…)
Drizzle the onions with a couple tablespoons of canola oil or other neutral flavor oil and a couple pats of butter, and sprinkle with a half teaspoon or so of salt. You can sprinkle with a little sugar if you want, but I didn’t. Close the lid and set your Crock Pot to low heat and walk away. After 5 hours or so, stir the onions and close the lid and walk away again. I REALLY walked away and went to a basket making class. Here’s what I made while my Crock Pot was working. 🙂
I came home last evening to a house that smelled wonderful with the aroma of the caramelized onions and I couldn’t WAIT to check in the pot. Here is what I found after 11 1/2 hours of cooking:
Caramelized onion perfection!!! Not only were they beautifully caramelized for making the soup I had in mind, they had kept their structure…they were not mushy! I used more than half of this batch in my favorite French Onion Soup recipe for supper, and it was perfect on that chilly evening. (FYI, I found Kitchen Basics Beef Stock, the baguette and the Gruyère cheese at the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market in Waxhaw. Got my flu shot, too. Wal-Mart rocks!)
French Onion Soup with Shredded Gruyère Cheese
This morning I opened the fridge and THERE was the bowl of leftover caramelized onions. Hmmmm…..what to do with those babies……I KNOW! An omelet made with our own Fox Trot Farm blue & brown happy hens’ eggs! I added some crumbled bacon and shredded cheddar cheese, too. Yum!
On the menu for this weekend are lamb burgers with caramelized onions. Or maybe I’ll toast slices of that baguette and top them with caramelized onions, crumbled bleu cheese melted under the broiler and then drizzled with our own Granny Bee’s honey. I bet you can come up with some great pairings for caramelized onions using our Fox Trot Farm lamb, eggs, and honey, too!