Caramelizing onions is one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to dress up a meal. Caramelized onions have a nutty, rich and savory flavor. The act of caramelizing them removes any pungency and sharpness and instead provides a subtle sweetness. You can transform a simple piece of grilled meat or a burger or sandwich really easily and give it gourmet flair.
Often times I will buy a bunch of yellow onions and caramelize them all at once and then freeze a portion. The one down side is that it does take a while, so it’s not the best thing to do when you’re trying to cook up a really quick meal. It’s a really simple process, though, so it’s good to do when you’re hanging about the kitchen one day. Then on the days you’re rushed, you can use your prepped onions. It’s an easy thing to do when multi-tasking or just having a chat and glass of wine. Lots of times, I will tend to them as I watch Chief cook our actual meal, ha.
Caramelizing onions is something good to do if you have invited someone over for a meal. Even if you are just grilling a piece of meat, it makes the house smell like you are cooking up a storm. I will usually get about 4 medium-large size yellow onions to do this recipe. The only other thing you need is clarified butter and/or olive oil. I like to use a mixture of both. I have probably been too in to butter these days after reading about all its health benefits in books such as Nourishing Traditions, but adjust the fat to whatever you think is best for your body. So really, all you do is as follows: