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Caramelized Onions Made Easy

caramelized onions

Caramelized onions sound so fancy. But they’re extremely easy to make, and can quickly turn a boring dish into an exquisite one.  All “caramelizing onions” means is sauteing onions slowly, so that they soften, wilt, brown, and eventually become sweet-tasting instead of potent.  Here’s how I do it:

Here are just a few of the ways you can use these onions:

  • Add to spaghetti along with toasted walnuts, sauteed greens, and Parmesan cheese
  • Add to any pasta sauce
  • Spread onto crostini with goat cheese and fresh herbs as an appetizers
  • Make a creamy caramelized onion dip for veggies or crackers
  • Add to any sandwich (try grilled cheese) or panini
  • Serve in a little bowl on a cheese or Charcuterie (cured meat) platter
  • Use as the base for a rich sauce or soup
Easy Caramelized Onions
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  • Caramelized Onions
  • 2 large onions, any color
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Generous sprinkling of salt
  • A little ground pepper
  • ¼ cup white wine OR 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  1. Heat large saute pan over medium heat. Slice onions into thin slices.
  2. Add oil to the pan, then add onions and a sprinkle of salt.
  3. Saute, occasionally stirring with a wooden spoon, until onions begin to brown on the bottom and soften (if onions look like they're starting to burn, quickly reduce heat to low).
  4. After 8-10 minutes, add a little more salt, some pepper, and the wine if using. Reduce heat to low or medium-low and cook an additional ~10 minutes or until onions are extremely soft and browned, and liquid has been absorbed. If using vinegar instead of wine, add the vinegar at the end, so it only cooks for 2-3 min.

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  • SusieBee of eatlittleeatbig
    October 12, 2010 at 11:52 am

    and of course, on top of a burger!

  • Amelia Doherty
    October 12, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    I love caramelized onions! Great suggestion to use for a soup base – I didn’t think of that!

  • Amelia
    October 13, 2010 at 10:21 am

    How could I forget a topping for burgers and hot dogs?? Yum!

  • Robert
    January 7, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    This turned out perfectly and quite delicious! I’m making a chicken and mushroom risotto with peas and carrots. I placed the caramelized onions on top of the chicken. Thanks a lot!

  • Amelia
    January 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Sounds delicious, Robert!

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