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These Caramelized Onions are easy and will instantly elevate any dish to “gourmet”! Use them in French onion soup, on sandwiches, on this gourmet turkey burger, in dip, or in savory tarts like this butternut squash carrot tart! The options are endless!
I love Caramelized Onions! I love them in tarts; I love them on sandwiches; I love them on bruschetta…I just love them. They have that rare ability to elevate any dish to “gourmet,” yet they are so simple. Funny how that works.
At the risk of losing you, I am going to tell you the first thing that popped into my head when I started writing up this post on caramelized onions.
I thought, “Things that make me go Mmmm,” which immediately made me think of the song “Things that Make you go Hmmm” by C+C Music Factory.
[If you want a good chuckle at the expense of the early 90’s, you should listen to it.]
But then that was ALL I could think about.
And when I think about C+C Music Factory there is one memory that trumps all the rest…yes, even the memory of trying to learn the dance in the music video. [Before you ask, that was not a successful endeavor…it was best I stuck with math.]
Circa 1994, when I was 10 and my little brother was 4, we were living in Hong Kong and it was rare to find an American movie, CD, or anything really that had been released in the past 5 years, but somehow my mom got her hands on the CD Gonna Make You Sweat by C+C Music Factory.
And my mom, brother and I would blast “Things that Make you Go Hmmm” and “Gonna Make You Sweat” (mostly the latter because that was my brother’s favorite) at top volume, sing at the top of our lungs, dance around and jump on the bed. Probably one of my all time favorite memories and the only time I remember being allowed to jump on the bed.
Maybe this is why my brother doesn’t share my blog with his friends…Hmmm.
Anywho. Back to caramelized onions!
You will love these! They are a bit of a time commitment but the actual recipe is not difficult and it only involves 4 ingredients. I first saw this recipe on Martha’s Cooking School when she was making French Onion Soup, and I could hardly wait to make it!
Martha uses butter and olive oil in her recipe: butter for flavor and olive oil so that the butter doesn’t burn. Smart woman! Don’t be worried about being stuck eating 2 pounds of onions; they cook down to barely any!
On another side note: If they aren’t already there, you should add “Gonna Make You Sweat” and “Things that Make you go Hmmm” to your workout playlist. Or just dance along to the music videos – seriously they are like workout DVD’s. I should know…
Easy Caramelized Onions
- Melt butter and olive oil in a Dutch oven or non-reactive pan over medium-high heat, stirring as needed.
- Add onions, stirring to coat. Spread them out in as even a layer as possible, sprinkle with sugar and cook, stirring as needed to keep the onions from sticking. Continue to cook until the onions are soft, deep golden brown and smell fragrant and sweet, about an hour.
- Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper and use as desired!