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Alcoeur Apron's Slow-Cooker French Onion Soup


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 3 sweet onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 6 cups beef broth

  • 1/4 cup brandy

  • 1 dried bay leaf

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1/3 baguette, sliced into 1/4 inch pieces

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese

  • Chopped fresh chives, for serving (optional)


  1. In a large skillet, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until tender and beginning to soften, about 5-10 minutes. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until the onions are golden and caramelized, 20-30 minutes. Stir in the garlic.

  2. Transfer the onion mixture to the bowl of a slow cooker and add the broth, brandy, nay leaf and thyme. Turn the slow cooker on low and cook until the soup has nice flavor, about 6-7 hours.

  3. Season the soup with salt and pepper. Preheat the broiler on your oven.

  4. Ladle the soup into oven safe bowls and place 2 slices of the baguette on top of each. Mound 1/4 cup of Gruyere cheese on top of the baguette. Broil the soup until the cheese is melted and well-browned, 2-3 minutes. Watch closely so as not to burn the cheese. Serve immediately and enjoy!


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