Several weeks ago I was able to spend a few days at The J.M. Smucker’s headquarters in Orville, Ohio. I learned lots about the company, met lots of fun bloggers and ate a lot of yummy food. Tomorrow I’ll have a a full post all about my trip but today I wanted to share with you one of the recipes they shared with us in the Make Ahead Meals presentation we had.
I think this may have been my favorite idea they shared with us!!
The showed us how to caramelize onions in a slow cooker. I love caramelized onions but what I don’t like is chopping onions. My husband is the official onion chopper at our house.
It’s so easy to make a big batch of caramelized onions. You can make a whole batch all at once and then freeze them to use later on lots of yummy things. Just get your husband to slice up the onions and then put them into your slow cooker. Add in some olive oil and salt and then put the lid on and cook on slow all day. Cook them until they get the desired brownness and caramelized just how you like them. I cooked mine for 10 hours on low.
Over the next few weeks I’ll be sharing a few recipes using caramelized onions but I am not opposed to just digging in with a fork and eating them all by themselves. They are also a great topping for a burger or add to some homemade pizza. Throw them in your favorite soup or top some veggies with them. So many possibilities.
I just froze what I wasn’t using at the time in some freezer bags in about 1 cup servings and they are ready to go for some of those upcoming recipes! I’m thinking some french onion soup might just be in order.
- 5 large onions, sliced
- 1/4 C olive oil
- 1/2 tsp salt
- Place sliced onions in slow cooker with oil and salt
- Stir to coat.
- Cook in slow cooker on low for about 10 hours or until they reach the stage of caramelization you like.