Finally time for another 52 recipes in 2016 post. I have a lot of cooking to do to make it to 52 this year considering it is the end of April and this is only post #6!
French Onion Soup is something I have enjoyed making during the Christmas Holidays since I met my husband, I think I started making it purely because he came with special French Onion Soup bowls! It's a great winter meal and freezes really well, which is great for small families like ours, because there is no way to make a small amount of this soup.
So, considering this is really more of a winter soup, why did I make it in the spring in the Okanangam where temperatures are already in the high 20s (celsius)? Well, mostly because I kept ordering onions through Urban Harvest and then didn't use any of them. I ended up with a couple pounds of white onions and figured I should use them before they all started growing in my pantry (three onions actually ended up in my garden and are growing incredibly well).
The thing with onion soup though is that the whole house smells like onion, the perfect solution to this is to plug the slow cooker in outside for the day! There are a lot of different slow cooker French Onion Soup recipes and I went with this one from MyRecipes.com :Slow Cooker French Onion Soup: It took a day to make, mainly to caramelize the onion and then a short additional time with the broth to combine with the onion. I found that the broth was the failing part of this recipe - it was not very flavourful and could have used a lot more seasoning. I think it should have simmered for longer. I'm wondering if when we thaw out the frozen portions if the broth will be better? It made 8 individual portions, 6 of which are tucked away in the freezer waiting for a cool autumn evening.
In hindsight, I probably should have gone with this one from thekithn: How to Make French Onion Soup: and made the soup over an entire weekend. This recipe has the onions caramelizing for a day and then you add the broth and cook that for another 12 hours. I didn't choose that recipe because I couldn't commit to a full weekend of cooking soup.
Next time I make this, I will still use the slow cooker but will play with the broth part a bit, and let the onions and broth cook together for longer.