Green Beans with Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions

Caramelizing onions takes some time, but the end result is worth it! Sweet and savory, they bring out the sweetness of fresh green beans.

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  1. Halve each onion, peel, and thinly slice. In a 6-quart slow cooker, combine the oil, onions, and salt. Cover and cook on low 10-12 hours, until onions are deep golden brown and soft. Use a slotted spoon to transfer onions to a storage container, discarding excess liquid. Refrigerate until needed.
  2. To blanch the green beans, heat a large pot of salted water on high until boiling. Add the green beans and cook 3-4 minutes, until tender. Drain and rinse with very cold water until cool. Drain beans again and blot with paper towels, then transfer to a serving platter.
  3. Microwave 1/2 cup caramelized onions for 2 minutes, or re-heat in a pan on the stove, until hot. Spoon onions over green beans.

Recipe Tips

You will have leftover caramelized onions after making this green bean recipe.

* Add a spoonful to soup to boost flavors

* Stir some into plain yogurt or sour cream with a little garlic powder for onion dip

* Spread it on top of cream cheese on toast or a bagel

* Place it in a zip-top plastic bag, removing air while you seal it. Flatten out the onions. Press a the back of a dinner knife or a chopstick onto the bag to make a grid (depending on how much you have, a 2x2 or 3x3 grid will work). Freeze flat. When you want a portion of caramelized onion, no need to thaw it all - just break off a section!

Nutrition Facts
Green Beans with Slow Cooker Caramelized Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 166 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5g 8%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 184mg 8%
Potassium 487mg 14%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 13g
Protein 5g 10%
Vitamin A 10%
Vitamin C 32%
Vitamin D0%
Calcium 6%
Iron 6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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