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Sunday, March 01, 2009

Yummy, Oniony Goodness

Caramelized onions are so delicious and versatile. You can make French Onion Soup (add beef or vegetable broth, then top with a cheesy crouton), add them to pizza, pasta, mashed potatoes, or polenta, use in frittatas or soups -- the possibilities are endless. They are also very simple to make:

2 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp olive oil (you could use just olive oil)
1 1/2 pounds yellow onions (about 3 medium)
3/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
pinch of sugar (this should be a "chef's pinch" - about 1 tsp)

Place a metal (NOT non-stick) pan on the stove over moderately low heat. Add butter and oil and allow butter to melt.

Slice onions in half, and then thinly slice cross-wise. Add onions, salt, and pepper to oil and stir to coat. Cover and cook 18 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft.

(We mean it when we say "stir occasionally" -- you only need to disturb them about every 5-6 minutes.)

Uncover, add sugar, and continue to cook 15-18 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are deep, golden brown.