Sunday, February 28, 2010

What's Like Candy, Only Better?

Onions! Yep, you heard me right. Not just any old onions, though. Caramelized onions. Onions that've been sliced and then cooked slowly in butter until reduced about 90% into a sweet, gooey mess. Ooh, how I love me some caramelized onions.

Caramelized onions have a very high satisfaction/low complication ratio. You don't need a recipe. Melt butter on medium heat in an enormous skillet. Add slice onions. Cook, stirring often, until browned. Be careful not to burn them. This can take awhile, from 30-90 minutes, depending on how you like them, so be patient.

I'd bought a 5 lb. bag of onions a few weeks ago for just this purpose, but put it off until this morning. I used 3/4 stick butter to about 4 pounds of sliced onions. The yield is only about 2 cups, but that goes a long way.

My favorite use for these onions is pizza with gorgonzola cheese. It's heavenly! Add some rosemary or thyme and chopped, cooked chicken, if you like, but don't add any sauce. 'cause you don't need it.

You can also use the onions to top sandwiches, as a relish for meat, with cream cheese on top of crackers or crostini, in broth for a quick onion soup... Epicurious has a recipe for baked brie w/ caramelized onions that sounds fabulous.

Now, what are you gonna do with your caramelized onions?

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