Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Caramelized Onions 101

Here's the nitty-gritty on the onions, well, caramelizing them anyways. The process takes some time, but you will be rewarded. In my book, this is my favorite way of eating onions. And it doesn't stop there, you can add caramelized onions into so many dishes. It's a good basic to have and we will refer back to this post on a later day. So keep this one under your belt.

Caramelized Onions Recipe

prep time: 10 minutes cook time: 45 minutes serves: 2

1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1/4 tsp. sugar
1 tbls. butter
1 tbls. olive oil
3-4 sprigs fresh thyme, stripped of their leaves
salt and pepper to taste

In a pan over medium-low heat, melt your butter and oil. Add onions, thyme, sugar, salt and pepper. Let the onions cook down slowly. Stir occasionally. Heat should never get over medium heat. Soon they will start to deepen in color and get very soft. Cook until you are satisfied with the color and texture, but I like to let them go for about 45 minutes. Eat them alone or over a steak or in a quiche. Enjoy!
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