- Thinly slice up 3-5 lbs of onions and throw them in your slow cooker.
- Toss with 3 tablespoons EVOO or melted butter.
- Cook for at least 8-10 hours on low. Stirring the onions occasionally will promote more even cooking, but is not required.
- You can continue to cook 3 -5 more hours with the lid ajar. I highly encourage this, as my onions were full of liquid before this. The liquid is released during cooking, but can’t escape the slow cooker like it can in the pan.
- Use, refrigerate or freeze.
The first post last week was about a delicious spinach, onion and mushroom recipe. I used this recipe to make a chicken bowtie pasta. In the second post, I talked about how I used this recipe to make a delicious pizza, in just a few minutes. Believe it or not, I have TWO more uses for that scrumptious blend. The second time I made this recipe (only a week later, I might add) – I also doubled it, then split it in half.
I somewhat recently confessed to not liking veggies. That’s a fairly simply version of it. I have a difficult time incorporating a variety of veggies into our meals. I don’t hate vegetables, I just tolerate most of them. There are, of course, a few exceptions – two of these being onions and mushrooms. I am of the opinion that you can never have enough caramelized onions, or sauteed mushrooms. Its just not possible.
I haven’t published too many post on either of these things (don’t worry, they are coming), but the making of this French Onion Soup – definitely had us discussing how to cook, and use caramelized onions. Just thinking of it makes my mouth water.
This Spinach, Onion and Mushroom recipe from Julia’s Album has already become a favorite in our house. Its incredibly simple, and with a bit of creativity we’ve been able to use it in a variety of dishes. This recipe is intended as a topping or side for meat (chicken, steak, etc) and comes with an optional “cream” recipe. Julia even list a few other ideas. This post is part one of three about different uses for this combo.
I have used it as a steak topper, pasta w. chicken, Alfredo pasta w. sausage, and for flat bread pizza. I even threw it in an egg scramble with some sausage!. I think it would be delicious in a red-sauced pasta. I’m sure you could make some kind of quesadilla, or even some kind of fancy veggie taco or burrito. Each time I have made it, I have varied the ratio of onion, mushrooms, and spinach based on what I have on hand. I have always “doubled” it though, and used a portion of the left overs for another dish.
This recipe is three basic steps: (1) caramelize the onion, (2) saute the mushrooms, (3) combine mushrooms and spinach with onions. Then use as you see fit.The first time I made it, I doubled the recipe, then removed half when finished. I added 1.5-2x the cream sauce, and added costco rotisserie chicken, and poured over pasta.I saved the remaining recipe (without sauce) for another recipe.
- 3 Onions, sliced
- 10 – 15 small mushrooms (I used baby bellas)
- 2 Tbl Olive oil
- 1 Tbl Balsamic Vinegar (I use dressing)
- 3 Garlic Cloves
- 3 C Spinach
- Caramelize the onions: heat 1 Tbl olive oil in a large pain, add onions. Begin on high heat, then lower and add a pinch of salt. Cook until caramelized (approx 30 minutes). Use 1TBL balsamic to deglaze the pan.
- Saute Mushrooms: while onions are cooking, heat 1 Tbl olive oil in another pan, add mushrooms, garlic and a pinch of salt. Cook approx 20 minutes.
- Combine mushrooms with onions, and add spinach on low heat until spinach wilts
- 1/3 C Heavy Cream
- 1/4 C Milk
- 1/2 C Parmesan Cheese (I used italian blend)
- 1/4 Tsp Salt
- 2+ Cups French Onion Soup
- 1 Tbl Worcetershire Sauce
- 1 Tbl Ketchup
- (Optional 1 Tbl cornstarch)
- 10 – 20 (cooked & frozen) Meatballs
- Egg Noodles
- Combine French Onion Soup, worcetershire, and ketchup.
- Throw meatballs in crock pot, top with soup mixture
- Cook on low for 4 – 5 hours
- (If the sauce is too thin, it can be thickened with cornstarch).
- When ready to serve, cook egg noodles per directions.
- Top egg noodles with meatballs and sauce