We all know Caramelized Onions are a delicious addition to any dish but cooking them can be quite frankly, a total pain.
Well now there’s a fool-proof way to get that perfect gourmet goodness without all the time or effort you’d traditionally have to spend in the kitchen.
All you need is
- a batch of Onions
- some Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- and a Crock Pot!
First, grease your Crock-Pot with a little olive oil then quarter and slice your onions. (TIP!!! – Chill the onions overnight beforehand and you’ll be less ’emotional’ while slicing them! )
Next toss them the Crock-Pot then drizzle ¼ cup of olive oil and stir to coat. Set your Crock-Pot on low and let them cook for 10-12 hours, stirring every few hours or so. You can even go to up to 14 hours if you like them to be super caramelized but no longer otherwise they turn into toasted mush. Blech!
To add a little more dimension to their flavor, add some fortified wine like port or sherry, a bit of rosemary or even a pat of butter or two. Here, I added Balsamic Vinegar while they were still in the cooking process and the result is just delicious. The best part about this method is that there’s NO BURNING so clean up is a snap!
Popped fresh in the refrigerator, each batch should last about 3 to 4 days but when frozen, they can keep up for up to 3 months.
So whether you dollop a bit on your salad or slather them on top of a juicy burger, these Caramelized Onions are the perfect and NOW easy way to add a little gourmet excitement to your next dish!
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