Monday, July 30
HOW TO: Caramelize Onions
Caramelized onions are a great way to spruce up most dishes. They go great on pizza, salads, and bruschetta. The great thing about caramelized onion is their taste. The onions natural sugar themselves and become sweet and soft. This makes even the targets onions shine!
Caramelizing onions is actually very easy it just takes a little time and know how. You can caramelize large batches of onions and store them in the refrigerator for up to a week. But once you see how easy this is, it may become a family favorite made often!
To begin caramelizing onions you will need to know how much you need for your recipe. Every one-two pounds of onions will become approximately a half cup onions. (The best amount to caramelize is five pounds. This will give you just under two cups. But not everything needs that many onions.)
When working with your onions you can choose to either slice the onion in half and then slice it up. Or just slice it up, I prefer the first method. This won't change the taste or cooking times, just the end appearance. Onions that have been sliced first will be small when done.
You will also have to decide if you want to caramelize on the stove top or in the oven. Again neither will effect the taste but, cooking in the oven takes a significantly larger amount if time. Stove top will take approximately thirty minutes to cook down for two-five pounds. In the oven this could take two hours. This recipe will be for stove top, but if you prefer the oven method just cook onions on sheet try and stir ever thirty minutes at around 275 degrees.
You will need:
2-5 pounds onions, sliced roughly 1/4" thick
1 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tbsp salt
1/2 tbsp sugar
Let us begin:
In a large sauté pan place olive oil, onions, and butter.
Turn on medium heat and stir. Allow butter to melt.
Once butter has melted sprinkle over sugar and salt. Reduce heat to low and stir.
Allow to cook for 20 minutes stirring once or twice.
Once a light brown color begins to develop lower heat to simmer and stir.
Allow onions to develop a golden color and your done!
Use in your favorite recipe and enjoy!