Few things add more flavor to food than caramelized onions. Whether you use them to toss in pasta, add flavor to beef, top a burger or give pizza a sweet twist they are the perfect flavor booster!
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Of course we start with the onions, red, yellow or white, thinly sliced. Place in a pan and drizzle with olive oil. (Printable recipe below)
Patience is a Virtue:
Caramelizing onions takes patience. You will be tempted to speed the the process along by turning up the heat. All that accomplishes is burning the onions. Allow the onions to cook at medium heat until they begin to brown and reduce in size, this can take 20-25 minutes or so. Stir frequently.
Last But Not Least:
As the liquid in the onions begins to evaporate, the onions will get sweeter and sweeter because the natural sugars in the onions get more and more concentrated. Once the onions have lost about half their volume, sprinkle with sea salt and freshly turned pepper, then drizzle with balsamic glaze.. Balsamic glaze is a reduced balsamic vinegar and has the consistency of a thick syrup. It is the perfect addition to caramelized onions!
Perfection! Now How To Use Them!
Now that you have learned a new skill try caramelized onions on sandwiches, in pastas, on meats, pizzas and flatbreads…just about anything really! I especially love caramelized onions on this tri-tip!
The Recipe: Caramelized Onions
What you will need: a good pan, a good knife and balsamic glaze.
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 onions peeled and thinly sliced my favorite are red
- sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
- 1-2 tablespoons balsamic glaze
Place a large pan on medium/high heat
Add butter and olive oil
When hot, add onions
Cook, stirring frequently until the onions are really going, then turn heat to medium and keep it there as onions reduce
When onions lose at least half their volume sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste
When onions are done (usually 25-30 minutes) turn off heat
Drizzle with balsamic glaze
Place atop or in whatever recipe you choose!
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Caramelized onions are my love language! These are great! Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial!
I love them too! They make everything better!
These is nothing better than caramelized onions! Yes please.
Agreed! They are my favorite!
These look perfect! I love how versatile caramelized onions are. Thanks for the tips!
Caramelized onions have soooo much flavor! I love adding them to my soups. 🙂
I love using caramelized onions in most recipes
Ooooohhhh those onions look so good! Those are one of my favorite things!
Caramelized onions add so much flavor to any dish/sandwich/wrap/pie. (Okay, maybe not pie) Only downside is I wish it didn’t take them thaaaat long to make.
I am with you. But so worth the wait!
Love the addition of the balsamic glaze at the end!
Such a flavour! These have become a staple in my kitchen. The balsamic glaze just sends them over the top!! YUM!
What a great tutorial, Linda! You open completely new world for me!
Thanks so much!