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Cooked long and slow, caramelized onions turn dark and sweet, imparting a deep flavor to everything they touch. Try them in Blue Cheese Apricot Tartlets for your next holiday party.

caramelized onions in copper pan

CARAMELIZED ONIONS – They’re worth all the time and effort!

Yes, it takes time to make caramelized onions, but most of your efforts are “hands-off”, especially if you use your slow cooker!

I’m going to give you both the slow cooker and stovetop methods, as your choice will ultimately depend on the quantity of caramelized onions you want to end up with.

A word of warning: Even though you peeled and sliced 9 large onions, you’ll only end up with a fraction of the volume once they’ve cooked down.

The rule of thumb is one large onion will cook down to about 1/2 cup of caramelized onions.  

 

caramelized onions

HOW TO MAKE CARAMELIZED ONIONS

Slow Cooker Method:

  • Turn on slow cooker to low setting and add 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, 1 tsp. kosher salt & 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper; cover
  • Peel and thinly slice 9 large sweet onions; add to slow cooker, stirring to mix well
  • Cook onions for 6 hours, stirring half way through cooking time; add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar, cover and continue to cook until dark brown and tender, about 3 more hours 
  • Check your onions during cooking to make sure they don’t get dry; add a bit of butter if necessary 

 

NAN’S TIP: USING A MANDOLIN MAKES SLICING ONIONS A FAST A FUN JOB!

 

Stovetop Method:

  • Peel and thinly slice 9 large sweet onions
  • Place in a large skillet over medium-low heat with 5 Tbsp. unsalted butter, 1 tsp. kosher salt & 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until onions have cooked down by half and have just started to color; add 1 Tbsp. brown sugar and stir to combine
  • Continue cooking and stirring onions until they’re dark in color and reduced by 2/3 volume 

 

And here’s a fabulous recipe to use your delicious caramelized onions in!

 

BLUE CHEESE APRICOT TARTLETS

blue cheese apricot tartlets

Sweet and savory, these little phyllo bites are filled with caramelized onions, dried apricots, honey, pecans and blue cheese!

They make the perfect “one-biter” snack for cocktail hour and holiday soirees.  You can make the filling up to two days ahead, so this recipe is ready to go at a moment’s notice!

CLICK HERE TO GET THE RECIPE FOR:  BLUE CHEESE APRICOT TARTLETS

 

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