Caramelized Onions

this puts me in the mood for a french onion soup!

Caramelized onions are so easy to make, and they’re great to keep in your fridge because they can be added to just about anything.  Put them on pizza, in omelets, on sandwiches (particularly good), or with anything else that would benefit from their smoky sweetness.

two chopped onions

To make: chop 2 onions (yields approx. 1 cup of caramelized onions) any way you like.  I like my onions chopped in half rings so they’re long enough to look nice but don’t get tangled like full rings do.

Heat 1 tbsp. oil (any kind works) in a heavy bottomed pan/pot over medium heat.  Once the oil gets hot, add your onions.  Mix them around with a wooden spoon every few minutes, making sure to scrape up and incorporate any browned bits.  I like using wooden spoons because they don’t scratch my cookware like metal utensils do, and they don’t melt like plastic ones do. There’s nothing worse than pulling a melted strip of black plastic off the end of a spatula after making an omelette.  Eww.

Your onions should be nice and caramelized after approx. 1 hour.  You can store your onions in a jar in the fridge for about a week or freeze them in an ice cube tray for later use.  Bon appetit!

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