Thursday, February 24, 2011

How-To: Caramelize Me Some Onions!

I LOOVE caramelized onions.  The sweet, velvety taste that comes out of these onions are great when added to a pasta with bacon, plopped on a big 'ole burger or as a pizza topping (like in my very first post: Artichoke Pizza)

Ingredients (this will be easy):

1 Vidalia (or other sweet) onion
1 Tbsp of olive oil
salt and pepper

Optional: fresh or dried thyme

First, thinly slice your onion

Heat a skillet on medium-high heat.  I would avoid using a non-stick skillet as that can hinder the browning of the onions.  Heat about 1 Tbsp of olive oil in the skillet.

Add your onions once the oil has heated a bit.  Also, add about Tbsp of water to the pan.

Pop a lid on the skillet (I couldn't find one that fit!!).  Stir occasionally for the next 20 minutes.  Don't stir too much because the onions need to "caramelize" in the oil against the hot pan.  If the onions start to look a little dry, feel free to add a little more water and oil. 

Un-cover and cook an additional 5-10 minutes stirring occasionally (again, not constantly).

The onions are done once they get to a dark golden color and very soft in texture.  See example below...

Salt and pepper to taste.  

Optional: Thyme is one of my favorite herbs and will add a little more "earthiness" to your onions...oh and a bit of green color! :)

Lastly, if you have extra, keep them in a small tupperware in the fridge and add to your dishes throughout the week...get creative!

1 comment:

  1. I added 3 Tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and 1/4 cup honey. They were delicious!


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