Caramelized Onions

19 Dec

Oh, the possibilities! I have, right now, two ideas for these onions. One is coming up in a couple of weeks and, the other, I’m still trying to figure out. But this is a “recipe” all unto itself. It takes some time, but the end result is so worth it. The onions take on a beautiful color and the sweetness of a jam. Yup, jam. I was eating forkfuls straight from the container throughout the afternoon.


Let’s get started!


Slice up your onions. I used regular yellow onions. I wasn’t too particular on how thick or thin the slices were. Once the onions cook down, it won’t make a difference.


Onions in the pot with some olive oil. This is at the very beginning of the cooking process. The onions will begin to soften after about 5 minutes. At the 10 minute mark, I added two teaspoons of coarse salt.


After about 15-20 minutes, you’ll begin to see some color at the bottom of  your pan.


At about 30-35 minutes the onions begin to color. I added about three grinds of fresh ground pepper at this point.


After about 55 minutes the onions are a golden caramel color.


Once onions are done, I added one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar. The onions cooked down from about 6 cups to 1 cup.

Caramelized Onions

makes about 1 cup

about 1 1/2 lb (6 cups) yellow onions, halved and sliced

3 Tbs olive oil

2 tsp coarse salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper

1 Tbs balsamic vinegar

Heat olive oil in pan over medium low heat. Add onions and stir to coat with oil. Cook onions, stirring often. After about 10 minutes, onions should be soft, add 2 teaspoons coarse salt. Continue cooking. After about 20 minutes you will notice some browning on the bottom of the pan. You can use your spoon to scrape the brown bits up. Keep stirring onions. Add pepper. After onions are caramelized and golden, about 50-55 minutes, add 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar. Stir vinegar and onions, using vinegar to deglaze pan.

Notes: I ended up reducing heat about halfway through to low. All times are approximate. Depending on how high you have your heat, you may be done quicker or need more time.


One Response to “Caramelized Onions”


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