Caramelized Onions: A Secret Cooking Weapon for Frugal Cooks

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If you've never made caramelized onions, you may not realize the special kitchen magic that takes place when onions are sauteed for a long time in olive oil or butter and the natural sweetness of the onion turns them into golden bits of onion deliciousness. Caramelized onions simply taste amazing. Not only that, onions are inexpensive and caramelized onions are simple to make.

The instructions for making caramelized onions are pretty basic, no matter where you find them. Slice up a lot of onions. Heat some olive oil, or a combination of butter and olive oil in a big frying pan. Add the onions and cook over low heat for a long time, stirring every few minutes, until the onions turn golden brown. Some people add a bit of salt, sugar, or even balsamic vinegar. The process can take a while, but it's something that's easy to do while you're hanging out in the kitchen cooking something else, and your kitchen will smell fantastic.

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Photo of Caramelized Onions from Simply Recipes.

There are very detailed instructions for How to Caramelize Onions at Simply Recipes, where Elise has an amazing time-lapse video of the onions caramelizing over an hour's time. If you've never made caramelized onions before, don't miss this!

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Photo of Caramelized Onions from Tea and Cookies.

One of the most interesting uses I found for caramelized onions was at Tea and Cookies, where Tea not only confesses she's succumbed to Twitter, but also that she eats Caramelized Onions at Breakfast. Her Curried Oatmeal with Caramelized Onions sounds like a great savory breakfast option to me.

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Photo of Foccacia with Caramelized Onions from Mrs. W's Kitchen.

One of the most common uses of caramelized onions is as a topping for pizza or flatbread, and the Foccaccia with Grapes, Caramelized Onions, and Blue Cheese from Mrs. W's Kitchen was declared a winning combination.

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Photo of Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Caramelized Onions from Ms. Adventures in Italy.

Caramelized onions are also a wonderful topping for dishes, like this Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola from Ms. Adventures in Italy.

More Ways Food Bloggers are Drooling Over Caramelized Onions:
~from 80 Breakfasts: Mushroom and Caramelized Onion Burger
~from Blue Kitchen: Pasta with Caramelized Onions and Cherry Tomatoes
~from Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska: Pan-Fried Scallops with Caramelized Onions and Spinach
~from Dhanggit's Kitchen: Caramelized Onion Roasted Tomatoes Foccacia Bread
~from Baking Bites: Caramelized Onion Bread
~from The CookMobile: Pear, Caramelized Onions, and Goat Cheese Pizza
~from 101 Cookbooks: Caramelized Onion Dip
~from Seriously Good: Rack of Lamb with Caramelized Onions
~from Dianne's Dishes: Cheesy Caramelized Onion Quesadillas

How about you? Have you ever made caramelized onions? If you have more good ideas for using these delicious onion bits, please share with your recipe or a link in the comments.

BlogHer Contributing Editor Kalyn Denny also blogs about food at Kalyn's Kitchen.

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