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Caramelized Onions

Caramelized OnionsAdd incredible flavor to a variety of meat, poultry and pasta dishes, vegetables and sandwiches with this tasty condiment.

Recipe Ingredients:

3 pounds yellow onions (6 to 9 medium onions)
Cooking spray, as needed
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Halve and slice onions.
  2. Coat 12-inch skillet with cooking spray. Over medium-low heat, cook onions in oil for 20 to 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until soft and golden.
  3. Stir in thyme, rosemary, salt, and pepper.
  4. Serve warm or cover and chill for up to 5 days.

Makes 12 servings.

Serving Ideas:

  • Wilted Spinach Salad: Toss crisp fresh spinach leaves with hot caramelized onions, sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. Drizzle with warmed vinaigrette dressing and toss well.
  • Enchilada Stack with an Attitude: Layer a corn tortilla with black or pinto beans, diced bell pepper, dabs of salsa, grated sharp cheddar cheese and a layer of caramelized onions. Repeat layering then top with a third tortilla. Sprinkle with cheese and bake until hot and melted.
  • Smothered Sea Bass: Poach sea bass or other firm white fish and serve on a bed of caramelized onions with a scattering of Steamed baby carrots and fresh dill sprigs over all.
  • Royal Stuffed Bakers: Spoon the lavish richness of caramelized onions into baked potatoes instead of the usual butter and sour cream. Sprinkle black pepper over top.
  • Portabella "Steak" and Onions: Grill or sauté thick slices of portabella mushrooms in olive oil and serve with the juices over caramelized onions for a satisfying and surprisingly hearty entrée.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): Calories: 61; Calories From Fat: 29; Total Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Total Carbs: 10g; Fiber: 2g; Protein: 1g; Sodium: 3mg.

Recipe and photograph courtesy of the National Onion Association.