Because no single way of eating works for everybody.
Much as I love onions in any form at all, I think they are at their best when they’re caramelized.
Mmmm… caramelized onions. Sweet, savoury, their acid sharpness having mellowed into a flavourful delight that spreads through your mouth… pure ambrosia. In almost any recipe that calls for onions, caramelizing them first will add a completely different character and depth of flavour to the final dish. It’s a sort of onion transfiguration. They’re still onions… but soooo much better.
I’ve seen recipes saying that cooking onions on medium heat for 10 minutes will caramelize them. Well, that’s just not true. Real caramelization, the kind that turns a tasty onion into a delicious near-otherworldly experience, takes longer than that.
How much longer? Read on. Then go make some. It’s worth the extra time.
How to Caramelize Onions
1. Slice or chop onions into desired size pieces.
2. Melt butter in frying pan over medium-low heat.
3. Add onions; stir.
4. Cook onions for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If they start to make frying sounds or get browned on the edges, turn the heat down.
5. Every now and then, get up and stir the onions. Enjoy the fantastic smell they will send through your house.
6. After an hour, they will caramel-c0loured, soft, and gorgeous. Use them in whatever recipe you’re making. Enjoy.