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caramelized onions in a crock pot

  • j

Has anyone tried doing caramelized onions in a crock pot? If so, how do they turn out and what is your recipe?

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  1. if you search back through chowhound, I think the topic came up a few months ago.

    My thoughts are the crock pot won't get hot enough to caramelize them, but no first hand experience here, sorry.

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    1. re: SJ

      I can't put my hands on it right now, but in one of the Julia Child cookbooks, a chef caramelized onions in a crockpot for something like 24 hours.

    2. Caramelized onions would be ruined in a crock pot.
      They have to cook in a large skillet with a lot of evaporation surface so the moisture doesn't fall back on them.
      It is very time consuming to constantly stir over low heat, but the results are worth the effort.

      1. Electric skillet, not crock pot, is perfect for this.

        1. I did this per the directions someone posted here last fall, I think. Sliced up the onions, filled the crockpot to the very top, put a stick of butter on top and went to bed. It worked great. They were fantastic, although I didn't get a chance to use them on much cause I just kept eating them out of the container. I can't remember the details as far as exact times and weights. Try a search.

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          1. re: Bobfrmia

            This is what I do too (and I may even have posted it on here a while ago).

            They turn out great, especially considering how little effort is involved.

            1. re: Bobfrmia

              I have the same problem!! can't keep from dipping them out of the skillet, one or two at a time, so I always start out with twice as much as I need! LOL

            2. I just bought "Not Your Mother's Slow Cooker Cookbook" and it has a couple of recipes for French Onion Soup in it, and the cookbook says it carmelizes onions beautifully. I don't have it with me, and I just got it last night, so I don't know much other than that! So far, it's an awesome cookbook from the looks of it... I've only gotten through the soups and porridges sections!