Ask Marilyn – “Caramelized Onions”

by Marilyn Markel in Learn

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Reader Question:

How do you caramelize onions?
- Chris

Marilyn’s Answer:

Caramelized onions are so delicious. If you make them on your day off, they are a fantastic addition to sandwiches, pizza and roasted vegetables, and can be used in many other ways throughout the week. Making them is easy; you just need to keep an eye on them for a while. Remember, in the end, caramelized onions will be less than one quarter of the volume that you start with, so chop up a lot. I usually just chop the onion in half and peel it, then slice it from the middle to the end in ¼ inch slices. Add a little olive oil to the skillet and heat it on LOW heat. Add the onions and cook still on low, stirring occasionally until the onions start to color. This will take about thirty minutes. Stir more frequently and cook until onions are amber in color. This may take up to an hour, but the sweet deliciousness is well worth it!