A splash of balsamic vinegar makes these Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions irresistibly good. You’re going to need a stash for your freezer!
I’m tearing up.
My eyes aren’t watering from all the onions I just sliced! I have tears of happiness because I have lots and lots and lots of caramelized onions stashed away in the freezer. And, I love caramelized onions. Using them in a dish is such an easy, healthy and delicious way to add richness and flavor. 🙂
I recently posted a recipe for Pumpkin Pizza with Caramelized Onions and made caramelized onions the traditional way. Of course, they were delicious and a vital topping for the pizza. But, I usually don’t have time to stand over the stove-top and keep vigil over the onions for the length of time required. The entire time I wistfully glanced over at my freezer and wished some caramelized onions stowed away.
It was time to pull out the crock pot and restock.
Tips for Making Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
For the most part, I make caramelized onions in the crock pot like everyone else does. Slice the onions, toss them with olive oil and allow them to slow cook on low for 10 hours.
The one thing I do just a bit differently than most…I stir in a splash of balsamic vinegar at 10 hours, place the lid ajar and allow some of the liquid to evaporate for the next hour. The balsamic vinegar enhances the color and taste. But, it doesn’t overwhelm the onions at all.
I also drain the onions before packaging them for storage. However, I don’t throw away the precious juice. Instead, I freeze it and use it to flavor soups or dishes where broth might be appropriate.
Endless Ways to Use Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
On burgers…on sandwiches…on pizza…in soups…tossed with vegetables (like green beans)…in Sloppy Janes…or Pulled Pork, stirred into pasta, rice or other grains…
In any recipe that calls for caramelized onions!
The list goes on and on and on. What would you do with a stash in your freezer?
- 3 pounds yellow onions
- 2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- Uniformly slice onions with a mandolin or knife. I used setting 3 on a mandolin.
- Place onions in slow cooker and drizzle with olive oil. Toss to coat all the onion slices.
- Cover and cook on low for 10 hours.
- Remove lid and stir in balsamic vinegar.
- Return lid and leave ajar to allow liquid to begin evaporating.
- Cook for 1 hour more on low.
- Remove onions from slow cooker.
- Place onions in a colander to drain off liquid. Liquid can be retained for another use.
- Portion and freeze onions in a freezable containers or plastic bags according to needs. ¼ cup portion sizes work well.
The Sunday Supper group is sharing all types of slow cooker recipes today! Be sure to check them out! Thanks to Heather of Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks and Christie of A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures for hosting this week!
- Crockpot Kielbasa Split Pea Soup from The Foodie Army Wife
- Amazing Slow Cooker French Onion Soup from Hot Momma’s Kitchen Chaos
- Crock Pot Turkey Meatball Soup from Flour On My Face
- Kale & Kielbasa Soup Slow Cooker Lime Garlic Chicken from The Messy Baker
- Slow Cooker Chicken, Spinach and White Bean Soup from Amee’s Savory Dish
- Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Soup from Noshing With The Nolands
- Spicy Ham and 10-Bean Soup from Food Lust People Love
- Crockpot Caramelized Pork Noodle Soup from Brunch with Joy
- Slow Cooker Acorn Squash and Apple Soup from Rants From My Crazy Kitchen
- Three Bean, Butternut, and Quinoa Vegetarian Chili from Ruffles & Truffles
- Potato, Kielbasa and Spinach Soup With Gouda from Meal Planning Magic
- Slow Cooker Chunky Chicken Tortilla Soup #GlutenFree from Sue’ s Nutrition Buzz
Scrumptious Mains (Breakfast and Dinner)
- Slow Cooked Apple Pie Oatmeal from Life Tastes Good
- Pork and Cabbage Stew from Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- Slow Cooker Lime Garlic Chicken from Peaceful Cooking
- Slow-Cooked Country Pork and Veggies from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Buffalo Chicken Sliders from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Slow Cooker Mongolian Beef from Marlene Baird
- Madras Beef Curry with Vegetables from Curious Cuisiniere
- Crock Pot Pork Chops with Apples and Figs from Cooking On The Ranch
- Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Crockpot Sesame Chicken from Casa de Crews
- Pork Chops in Gravy with Potatoes from Cookin’ Mimi
- Slow Cooker Tomato Basil Pulled Chicken from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Slow Cooker Spicy Peach Pulled Pork from Family Foodie
- Slow Cooker Garlic Chicken with Artichokes from Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Scalloped Potatoes from Peanut Butter and Peppers
- Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions from The Dinner-Mom
- Slow Cooker Brownie Dessert from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Triple Chocolate Cake from MealDIva
- Slow Cooker Rice Pudding from Killer Bunnies, Inc
- Slow-Cooker Kheer (Indian Rice Pudding) from Magnolia Days
- Slow Cooker Lemon Poppy Seed Cake from NinjaBaking
- Slow Cooker Sourdough from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Slowcooker Seedy Bread from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Sips and Spreads
- Spiced Caramel Cider from The Life and Loves of Grumpy’s Honeybunch
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