Enjoy Savory and Sweet Caramelized Onions

During my TV cooking show years, I once received a letter from someone saying “Seeing how often you use onions in recipes, you probably even put onions on your cereal.” Well, I don’t do that, but I do love them and use them often.

One of my most favorite and versatile cooking methods? Caramelized onions. I even like to keep a batch in my refrigerator. This time of year they are great as toppings on hamburgers, hot dogs and other grilled entrees. Any time of year, I like them in soups and appetizers, on sandwiches, pizza, vegetables and bean salads. The signature sandwich at one of my favorite restaurants tops their burgers with these golden, sweet veggies.

During the summer we have access to fresh, sweet Vidalia onions, so I’ve been making several batches. They are easy and can be done while you are in the kitchen doing other things because they just need a stir every now and then. You can store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator and use them to add savory, sweet flavor to the items I just mentioned and more. But, no, I don’t recommend them for cereal. =)

Get my recipe for caramelized onions below!  

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Caramelized Onions
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetables
Servings
Ingredients
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Vegetables
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut the stem and root ends off the onions and then slice. Melt the two tablespoons of butter in a large, wide, heavy pan and swirl to coat. Add the onions and stir to coat with butter. Lower the heat to medium and let the onions cook stirring every now and then to prevent burning. You want to let them brown, but not burn. After about 30 minutes, add a little salt and pepper to taste. I also add a dash of Balsamic vinegar, but that is optional. Continue to cook and stir until the onions are a rich brown color. Store in the refrigerator tightly covered and use as desired.
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4 Comments
  1. yes we love onions from Videlia Onion Casserole to Cucumber/onion sandwiches! I use them often in stir fry dishes with or without meat . Our family enjoys the flavor that onions add to the complexity of the dish. We also like its cousins Chives and shallots!

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