Monday, March 14, 2011
How to Caramelize Onions
4 to 5 lbs onions
1/2 stick unsalted butter (4 Tbs)
2 Tbs vegetable or canola oil (you can use peanut or olive oil but they will add their flavor to the onions)
Peel the onions, then chop into about 1/4 inch pieces. Melt the butter with the oil in a large (5 qt) saucepan or saute pan over medium heat. When the butter mixture is hot, add the onions and cook, stirring constantly, until they just start to turn brown (about 10 minutes). Reduce heat to medium low and cook, stirring frequently, until onions are very soft and have turned a light golden-brown color (this can take around half an hour, more or less).
If not using all the onions right away, allow them to cool and then place in a lidded container and store in refrigerator for up to a week.
If desired, you can stir in a little of your favorite dry rub or seasoning blend into the caramelized onions.