I wish you could be in my kitchen about now. It smells like I’m cooking something wonderful and I am, sort of. Farmer Sam, my produce supplier, is still bringing me onions every week. Since I only use about one tablespoon a day on my salad, it was time to have a major onion – cookin’. I put on my onion cooking outfit (my pjs) and got it going.
First, of course, I googled onion recipes and came up with one I consider brilliant. You carmalize them in your crotch pot. (We call it the crotch pot because that’s what my friend Kate calls it).
Remember the day when you could only find recipes in a file folder or a book? I have them stuck all over the house, torn out of magazines and ripped off the side of pasta boxes. Now you can throw all that away. The possibilities are endless and you can google “what to do with the stump end of a zucchini” and find a recipe for it. You know as well as I do these internet recipes don’t always work out. I’ve had some disappointments, but I’m feeling in my bones this is going to be the easiest thing I’ve made this year.
My onions have been perculating since dark thirty this morning and they are smelling heavenly.
I’ve come across some astoundingly bad Internet recipes in my time. – I recall the worst which was “quick easy chocolate cupcakes” made with vinegar and no eggs.. You would think I would have known. That’s why sites like Epicurious are so great. The minute you have a system where people judge and review the recipes, you can get the real scoop along with tried and true “tweaks”. Love that.
Here’s the recipe – but even if you don’t want to “go all the way” and make the soup, you can just carmelize onions to your heart’s content while out playing tennis or whatever floats your boat.
Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions for Soup (I got this recipe from www.foodiewithfamily.com)
12 small to medium sized yellow onions (I only had six)
3 medium red onions (I only had one)
6 tablespoons olive oil (or adjust for how many onions you do)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (I use Sea Salt)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
Peel and slice onions. Drizzle 2 tablespoons of the olive oil over the bottom of the crotch pot. Add about half the onions, sprinkle about half the salt and drizzle with another 2 tablespoons of salt. Repeat with any remaining onions. Sprinkle thyme over everything and use tongs to toss so the onions are evenly coated in oil. Turn head to high and cook for 9-10 hours during which time your home will smell heavenly. Toss and turn the onions after one hour and again at 3 hours. Then they’re on their own
If you want to proceed to the soup stage go head and add a couple of cans of chicken and beef broth but I love these onions on sandwiches. Tonight I’m having them mixed in tomato soup because I happen to LOVE Campbell’s Soup. I’m an easy girl to please.