As the weather turns from summer to fall, our menus are changing too. We're moving toward warm and savory comfort foods. And what better to usher in this change than with caramelized onions. They just boost everything up a notch, or two, or three... from burgers, to pizzas, to grilled cheese, to sautéed vegetables.
Here's a basic recipe for how to achieve perfect carmelized onions.
One important thing to remember is that it's best to slice the onions lengthwise root to root instead of crosswise. This helps to prevent them from breaking down when cooking.
The only drawback to this wonderful punch of flavor is that it takes SO long to get the perfect caramelization... up to one hour of tending to your pan. But, don't get us wrong. It is SO worth the wait! Unless of course... there is a shortcut!
So let's say that you are like us and a little short on time (or patience). Try this tested 10 Minute Carmelized Onion Recipe. It uses a secret ingredient that we're sure is in your pantry. Baking soda!
And, of course, there are other ways to carmelize onions. You can throw them in a slow cooker, use an instapot, or roast them in the oven (which, yields a different flavor, but is similar). The folks at the @TheKitchn tried them all. Which method did they like best??? Yup, you guessed it - the quick version using baking soda!
Now that you've prepared your carmelized onions, you'll want to enjoy them in this delicious Umami Grilled Cheese sandwich. It takes grilled cheese to a whole new level!
And, did you know, caramelized onions can be frozen? So go ahead and make a big batch, store them in an airtight container, and save for later. Your future self will definitely thank you.
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