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April 27, 2008 / Tony

Balsamic Vinegar Caramelized Onions

This recipe comes via Katy and Gordon Reeder.  These onions are suprebly and sophisticatedly sweet, that is, sweet but just sweet enough.  They’re a dynamite flavor addition to a wide variety of dishes.  Here’s the recipe:

Balsamic Vinegar Caramelized Onions

2 yellow onions, julienned

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/4 cup good quality baslamic vinegar

2 T brown sugar

1 T fresh thyme, minced

Extra virgin olive oil

Heat a saute pan large enough to hold all of the onions with a bit of olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions and saute until they just begin to color, tossing frequently.  Add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar and stir or toss to combine.  Cover, reduce the heat, and let cook for about 30-35 minutes, or until the onions have cooked down and caramelized deeply.  Add the thyme and toss to combine.  Serve. 

Two great uses for these onions are: 1) tossing with linguine, bacon or pancetta, and a bit of Parmesan cheese.  So delightful!  or 2)  Pairing with a grilled Rib eye steak like I did:

The sweetness of the onions provides a nice counterpoint to the deep beefiness of the steak as well as providing a nice acidic high note to the whole dish.  When topped with some high-quality butter, this dish is damn near perfect.  I served it with some Caramelized Broccoli with Garlic.  The steak was grilled according to my charcoal chimney method.  Enjoy!



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  1. Katy Reeder / Jul 9 2008 10:21 am

    I once left these onions sitting untended for a little too long, at a little too high of heat, in my brother Jim’s cast iron skillet, which pretty much was the ruin of the pan. Not sure I’ve been forgiven yet!

  2. John Bright / Nov 20 2010 4:52 am

    That is such a lovely story.

  3. Lisa / Aug 28 2011 3:39 pm

    Put water in the skillet (few inches) and a few tablespoons of baking soda. Let simmer for 10 minutes, let cool and it should come right off.

    Side note: why doesnt the picture that goes with the recipe have an onions in it. Made a similar recipe last night and it was fab!

    • bieber / Jan 10 2012 1:05 pm

      I believe the onions are under the steak. It looks so delish! The carmelized onions definitely make the meal 🙂

  4. Mary Setzler / Aug 8 2012 1:14 am

    Hey there, You’ve done a fantastic job. I’ll definitely digg it and in my opinion suggest to my friends. I’m sure they’ll be benefited from this website.

  5. Beverly Forget / Sep 11 2012 2:09 pm

    Love this recipe! i made a Italian blend salad mixture, topped it off with pas seared salmon, and placed the onions on top of the salmon! WoW! can’t wait to have this again. Thank you!

  6. Bob / Jun 16 2013 5:19 pm

    awesome! did these tonight and they turned out great! I used them on pulled pork sandwiches. gave the smoky pork a nice tangy kick without having to add bbq sauce. thanks for sharing!


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