Crockpot French Onion Soup

Making French onion soup in the crockpot will
save you the trouble of watching and stirring
the onions while they carmelize on the stovetop. 
I’ve adapted my favorite recipe for 
French Onion Soup for the crock pot. 
Add the onion slices to the crockpot 
along with the seasonings. Cover and 
cook on high for 6 hours. 
 The important step is to let the onions cook
 until they are golden brown and caramelized.
This gives the soup depth of flavor that’s lacking
if you just dump everything in the crock pot. 
 Now you add the beef broth, sherry, bay leaf, 
and Worcestershire sauce. 
Cover and let cook another hour. 
Toast some slices of French bread.
Laddle soup into oven-proof bowls; top
with bread slices, add a little more
soup, then top with cheese.
 Sprinkle a little paprika on top. 
Broil for several minutes until the
cheese melts, bubbles, and turns
golden brown. I love the crispy-gooey
pieces that stick to the sides of the bowl. 

Crock Pot French Onion Soup
5 onions, sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 stick butter
1 t salt
1 t pepper
1 t sugar
1 t thyme
1 t paprika
3 cans condensed beef broth
2 cans water
1 T Worcestershire sauce
1 bay leaf
1/2 C dry sherry
French Bread, toasted
8 slices cheese, provolone, Gruyere, 
  or mozzarella 

1. Place the onions, garlic, butter, sugar, salt, 
    pepper, thyme, and paprika in the bottom of
    the crock pot. Cover and cook for 6 hours 
    on high.
2. Add the beef broth, water, Worcestershire, 
     bay leaf,and sherry. Cover and cook on high 
     for another hour.
3. Ladle into ovenproof soup bowls, top with
    toasted bread and 1-2 slices of cheese. 
    Sprikle with paprika.
4. Broil until the cheese melt, is golden brown
     and bubbly


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