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How to Caramelize Onions

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Caramelized onions are onions which have been cooked slowly to develop and caramelize the onion’s sugars. They have a very sweet, mild onion flavor, which tastes delicious on burgers, tarts, sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and steak, amongst other things. They make the best base for French Onion Soup. Heck, I’d even put them on ice cream! You can caramelize any type of onion or even shallots. Here’s a step by step guide for making caramelized onions.

Start with a couple onions.

Cut off both ends of the onion.

Stand the onion on one of the cut sides and cut it in half.

Lay the onion cut side down.

Cut the onion into slices from root to the opposite end.

Do NOT cut the onion into half-rings. Onion cut in this manner will fall apart during cooking.

Put a couple tablespoons of oil or butter into a pan. Heat over medium heat.

Add the onions to the pan.

Cook for a few minutes over medium heat, stirring frequently to prevent burning.

Turn the heat down to medium-low and continue cooking for another 15-20 minutes until the onions reduce in size and take on a caramel-brown color. Stir often and adjust the heat, as necessary, to prevent burning.

Enjoy your sweet, delicious caramelized onions!

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  1. Pingback: Roast Beef, Bleu Cheese and Caramelized Onion Panini « The Gourmand Mom

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