Monday, April 8, 2013

Caramelized Onions

I've been busy testing some recipes for caramelized onions, trying to find something I like.  Success!!  This recipe is an adaptation of some others I found and tried.  I just changed the ingredients to suit my taste.  I know, this isn't the same kind of caramelized onions that chefs make on TV, but it's super easy and so tasty.  For those of you who have tried making caramelized onions in a pan on the stove and ended up burning them, try this recipe -- little to no chance of burning.

What are caramelized onions good for?  Oh, the possibilities!  I tried (and loved) them on grilled burgers, slow-roasted ribs, homemade pizza, and even as a topping for saltine crackers.  If I had some toasted bruschetta, they would be delicious on that, too!  You can also mix the onions into things like mashed potatoes, scrambled eggs, seasoned rice -- use your imagination with them.  This one's a keeper!

Caramelized Onions

3 sweet onions, sliced
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1/4-1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt (or salt to taste)

Combine ingredients in crockpot, and cook on LOW for around 10 hours.

I think a 3-quart crockpot or smaller is best.  The onions take up alot of space when they are freshly sliced and separated, but they wilt down when cooked.

I used 1/2 cup olive oil, and I thought it was a bit much.  I think I will use 1/4 cup next time.

Your favorite spices and herbs can be added to suit your taste or to compliment a dish you plan to use these in.

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