Nothing says comfort food quite like a warm, bubbly, cup of french onion soup. Am I right?! I love the flavors that come with making french onion soup: the melty cheese, the savory flavors of the broth, and of course, who can forget about the caramelized onions? I've taken my love of this classic soup and married the flavors with ground chicken, making the most delicious french onion chicken meatballs you'll ever eat. Guaranteed.
The term "French onion" came from, you guessed it, France, in the 18th century, being served all across the country. It's roots actually stem from beef broth and onions, and it's said to have been made for King Louis XV and his family. You can read more about this origin here.
The ingredients for these easy french onion chicken meatballs is pretty standard, except for this rendition of a meatball, you are adding chopped caramelized onions to the mixture. This gives the meatballs a savory texture, mouthfeel, and overall delicious taste, because caramelized onions are amazing. Here's what you'll need:
This is a fun activity to learn over and over again, because as I've come to learn myself, there are variations of caramelizing onions and degrees of caramelized. You can get them SUUUPER dark and sweet, or you can do a quick caramelization (like I do here) and they both come out fabulous. The trick? Butter, a little arrowroot, and patience. LOTS of patience. You'll need to let the onions caramelize and simmer for quite a while to achieve the darker caramelized onions. If you have time, great! If not, stick with the hour and you've gone naturally sweet, insanely tasty caramelized onions to top on these meatballs, and save the rest for other ideas.
I made way too many caramelized onions the last time I made this recipe, so I made some french onion burgers that I just might need to add to the blog soon, but some other ideas are:
There are so many ways to incorporate caramelized onions in a meal!
Still can't quite satisfy your appetite? I've got you covered with these yummy treats. Call it... dessert :)
Caramelized onions become the star of the show in these drool-worthy french onion chicken meatballs, making them excellent as a meal prep or a fun twist on dinner. Your family will love you for this recipe!
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