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Thread: Caramelized onions . . . in the crockpot!

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    Caramelized onions . . . in the crockpot!

    I love caramelized onions but just don't have the patience to cook them on the stove for that long. I get impatient and turn the heat up too high. It occurred to me yesterday that maybe they could be cooked slowly in the crockpot. So I Googled it, and YES YOU CAN! I used my large crockpot and only about 1 1/2 onion. The recipes if you Google say to fill the crockpot (4-5 lbs of onions) with some butter or olive oil and cook on high for an hour or so, then turn down and contine cooking for 10-12 hours. Makes about 5 cups and stores in the refrigerator for a long time. I'm going to get a bag of onions at Costco and try a pot full. My 1 1/2 onions turned out wonderfully. I put them on some swiss dip sandwiches (grilled hamburger with swiss cheese, grilled ciabatta rolls, carmamelized onions, ah jus). They were SO good!

    Other ideas for using caramelized onions:
    Pizza ~ Caramelized onions, walnuts, feta or goat cheese
    Soups ~ French onion; mushroom . . .
    Topping for mac & cheese (or as DD's boyfriend it - kase spaetzle)

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    I too love caramelized onions. Will have to give this a try.

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    I'm like you and want to hurry onions up on the stove top.

    Then I discovered I could make my French Onion Soup in the crockpot ... OMG!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Yum that sounds good! I'll have to try that. Another thing I do in the crock pot is roast garlic. Cut the top off a head, drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil then cook in the crockpot- high 4-5 hours, low 6-8 . I do several heads at once & usually put the crockpot outside because the smell is too strong for my husband.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Maggiemay View Post
    Yum that sounds good! I'll have to try that. Another thing I do in the crock pot is roast garlic. Cut the top off a head, drizzle with olive oil, wrap in foil then cook in the crockpot- high 4-5 hours, low 6-8 . I do several heads at once & usually put the crockpot outside because the smell is too strong for my husband.
    Reminds me of one time I put on a large crock of veggie soup which was mostly destined for the freezer.
    So I thought, why not let it cook overnight.

    I woke in the middle of the night ... severely nauseous!
    ... thanks to the cabbage aroma that had filled my home.

    Learned that lesson ............. and it took a long time before I could handle making it, even during the daytime.

    Ironically, the sweetness of the cooked cabbage is what I love in that soup ... though the middle of the night aroma was not a good mix!
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    Wow! Thanks! I'm going to have to try it. I love caramelized onions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    I'm like you and want to hurry onions up on the stove top.

    Then I discovered I could make my French Onion Soup in the crockpot ... OMG!!!!!!!!!!!

    When you make French Onion soup in the crockpot, do you basically caramelize the onions in the crockpot like DJ described and then add the broth, etc.?? Would love to learn an easier method!

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    How do you do onion soup. My husband loves it.

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    I'll dig out my recipe and post it later today!
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    I'd also love your french crock pot onion soup. I'm having the girls over for lunch next week and with the sudden cooler weather this soup would be ideal. May in Jersey

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    Under the heading of stinky stuff in the crock pot ....

    There are a few smells that I do not want to live with in the house: sauerbraten, corned beef, you know what I mean. My crock pot resides on the top of the freezer in the garage (attached to the house) when I'm cooking those. Because we are in and out of the garage all day, enterprising critters leave it strictly alone. And the odor stays out there.

    One problem, the neighbors show up and want to know, "When's dinner?"


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    Here you be Ladies ... Bon Appetit!!!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/recipes...ml#post5551431

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    I love carmelized onions, french onion soup, and roasted garlic so I feel like I just hit the bonanza today. Thanks to everyone!

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    Thank you for this today-Sunday. Last week food basics in Lindsay had 5 pounds of cooking onions for a dollar.
    Everybody else was picking up a bag so I did too. Then thinking I only have a few weeks before we go south so
    how can I ever use them up. Love french onion soup but a "HIGH" heat cooker too. so slow cooker idea is really appreciated. Not enough time to do for dinner tonight --oh well
    Store had big bag of beets for a dollar too but didn't know until at the checkout. couldn't use them.

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    I can't imagine serving meatloaf without carmelized onions on top.

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    Thanks for sharing. Will do in crockpot.

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    I make them in the crock pot all the time. You can freeze them, too, and just take out what you need at the moment.
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    this sounds wonderful will make some this weekend thanks

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    [QUOTE=DJ;5549344] I put them on some swiss dip sandwiches (grilled hamburger with swiss cheese, grilled ciabatta rolls, carmamelized onions, ah jus). They were SO good!

    I ordered one of these with my mouth drooling today at the golf course restaurant.
    They forgot the onions! Such a disappointment. Really came out very bland. They offered to fry some onions but not the same so I didn't want that. our restaurant is not very good.......................
    "Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, chocolate in one hand, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming "WOO HOO what a ride!"
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    It seems there's a lot of onion lovers around the QB, here's another favourite of mine!

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/recipes...k-t202928.html

    I just love how sweet these get when cooked.
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