Best Caramelized Onions Recipe – Seriously

February 9, 2013

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Predictable? Accurate.

Me: You know what I think would be really good right now?
Him: A veggie burger with blue cheese and caramelized onions?

My favorite burger is:  blue cheese, caramelized onions, smokey BBQ sauce, lettuce, tomato, on a whole wheat bun, with a veggie burger (Morningstar Farms griller patty is my favorite). And quite often, when I get it in my head that I need to make this vs wandering about town looking for the perfect veggie burger, I misplace my “perfect caramelized onions” recipe and search the Interwebz in despair, before finally finding my trusty recipe that I got from a Sur la Table cooking class instructor during a Mediterranean class I took a couple year ago.

So in the hopes that in the future, I can just remember that I blogged about it – horray digitized, and that you may also find this to be the best onions, ever, here’s the recipe.
Caramelized Onions

How to Caramelize Onions

Serves 2-ish

  • 1 yellow or sweet onion (Walla Walla sweet are the tastiest, IMO)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil (I use olive oil, depending on what’s handy)
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • salt/pepper
  1.  Cut the onion in half (from top to bottom), and then slice in super thin slices
  2. Add oil and butter to skillet (I use my cast-iron skillet usually), turn to medium.
  3. Let the oil/butter get hot, then add the onions, salt, pepper, & vinegar.
  4. Stir occasionally (like every 5 is usually fine)
  5. Wait, wait, wait. The onions will slowly start to turn colors – usually about 20-30 min

As long as you remember to stir occasionally and not crank the heat up, they’ll be tasty, tasty onions. So, while you can make anything with these tasty onions: pizza, burgers, flat bread, eggs… I usually start them first since they’re so slow and then while I occasionally stir them, I get everything else ready. Then, I don’t feel like I’m watching a pot or whatever that saying is.

Bonus: If you can manage to NOT eat all the onions, saving a tiny bit for tomorrow and making an omelette with them is awesome: 2 eggs, a bit of blue cheese, a bit of caramelized onions, pour a tiny bit of BBQ sauce on the top. Delicious.

  • Mireille
    February 16, 2014 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks for the recipe!

    I love caramelized onions and usually I make them with a splash of Balsamic Vinegar! Will try this one tonight.

    I usually add it with some eggplant to make a pasta sauce.