For years at restaurants I have wanted to try French onion soup but worried about ordering it and then not liking it and being stuck order something. So I hit Pinterest looking for a recipe to make and try at home. There are a LOT of different recipes out there for French Onion Soup, so many different ways to make it some with beer, some with wine, and others, like mine, without alcohol. This isn’t based on another recipe, isn’t copied from someone else, this is all me. All delicious.
I love experimenting with different flavors and seasonings, so I created a french onion soup that I knew my family would love.
The first few times that I made this Hubby and I called it French Soup. My five year old was determined that she didn’t like onions. After chowing down on this, she likes them! In fact I made this soup the same day as I made a large pot of chicken noodle soup and everyone was disappointed that had the the chicken noodle not this.
Never fear, taste buds be prepared …
- 1 tbsp oil
- 4 medium onions
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 1/2 tsp ground thyme
- 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 qts beef stock
- 1 bay leaf
I slice onions into rings. Beautiful.
Heat oil over med-high, saute onions with minced garlic and ground thyme until slightly tender.
Once tender slide it into your slow cooker. While your pan is still hot add some broth and scrap any stuck on pieces of flavor (onion, garlic, thyme) off and into your slow cooker. Add the remain broth and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
About 20 minutes before serving, slice your French bread, top with shredded cheese of your choice and broil at a low heat until your cheese is melted and the bread had started to toast. I used marble as Hubby used the last of the mozzarella.
Serve topped with a piece of toasted French bread. The bread will quickly soak up all the juices in your bowl.
Perfect for cold winter nights.