Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Amazing Caramelized Onion

Caramelized onions are one of those delicious simple cheap foods that I cook all the time and add to many dishes. People are always surprised that a simple onion can be transformed into something so flavorful and delicious. It is one of those recipes that people are always asking me how to make. It is so simple and useful, so I tried to capture it in photos to share how I make them.

slice onions and put in a heavy bottomed frying pan. Season well with salt and a drizzle of honey(optional). Saute with enough oil so they are well coated and the pan is not dry.

Cook onions on medium-high heat so they start to "sweat".

When onions start to brown, turn heat down to medium and stir occasionally. Watch carefully, they will cook quickly at this point. You can stop cooking when they are light brown if you want tender onions to "smother" your food in, or continue cooking until they are a deep golden brown and crispy as in the photo below.

If you continue cooking the onions to this dark brown color they will be both crunchy and a bit chewy. Remove them from the pan at once or they will burn. Onions at this stage will keep for weeks in your fridge. They are a delicious addition to any dish. Their flavor is rich and strong.

For this dish I just cooked some french lentils in lightly salted water, tossed in some of the caramelized onions and the oil they were cooked in and served them on top of some red leaf lettuce.

1 comment:

  1. hi t
    i made carmalized onions tonight inspired by YOU!