How to Make Caramelized Onions

Or… How to elevate a humble hot dog into something extraordinary.


This is not a complicated recipe, or a recipe with lots of ingredients. In fact, there are really only 4 key components that I’m sure most of you will have on hand in your pantries right now.


The thing is, is that when you put a little time into onions they become things of exceptional flavour and texture, and more than just an after thought. You’re going to cook these onions slowly over low heat so that all the flavour and juices of the onion concentrate, and the onions become submissive and soft to your touch.


Then you’re going to add some sugar which will quickly caramelize into a lovely golden brown hue. Once you’ve achieved this, you’re going to add a bit of balsamic vinegar to counteract the sweetness of the sugar and the concentrated flavour of the onion.


The result is something beautiful and fragrant and soft, that will elevate any sort of savoury dish. I used them to top some smokies, but they would be excellent with beef or chicken, or even used as a pizza topping. You should make these, you won’t be disappointed!


Caramelized Onions

1 yellow onion

1 Tbsp butter (I used salted)

1 Tbsp granulated sugar

2 tsp balsamic vinegar

Salt and pepper, to taste


Chop onion into 1/4 inch pieces, first by chopping the onion in half, and then cutting each half into slices on the bias.

In a medium non-stick pan over low heat, melt butter. Add the onion and stir to coat with butter, and slowly cook stirring constantly, until onion becomes soft and translucent. This may take up to 20 minutes or longer, but be patient, the results are worth it!

Add the sugar and continue to stir over low heat, until the sugar begins to caramelize and turn brown.

Add the balsamic vinegar and cook another 3-4 minutes to marry all the flavours together. Season with salt and pepper to taste.


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