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How to Make Caramelized Onions - A Family Feast

How to Make Caramelized Onions

Yield: 16 (2 tablespoon) servings 1x
Prep: 15 minutesCook: 1 hourTotal: 1 hour 15 minutes


5 large, sweet onions such as Vidalia

4 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 teaspoon granulated sugar

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce


Cut the stem end from the onions, leaving the root.

Peel back the outer skin and keep the onion whole.

Hold the root end by the peels and slice thinly on a mandolin.

Melt butter in oil over medium heat and add the onions, salt, pepper, sugar and Worcestershire sauce. Once heated up and starting to simmer, turn down to low and set your timer for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes pour into a strainer and strain off all liquid and discard liquid.

Place the onions back into the pan and turn the heat to about medium-low to medium heat. This phase will start the browning process.

Cook, stirring often for about 15 minutes or until the onions and browned and caramelized.

Serve with steaks, burgers, hot sandwiches or store refrigerated for up to a week in a sealed jar.

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Once the onions start to brown, watch closely and stir often.  Remove from heat as soon as they are nicely browned. Do not allow them to char or burn.

© Author: A Family Feast
Cuisine: American Method: stovetop, saute