How To Caramelize Onions
Caramelizing onions is just cooking onions so they bring out the amazing natural flavor of onions by turning rich brown. The natural sugars in the onions caramelize, when you slowly cook the onions over an extended period of time. The caramelized onions are commonly used for meat, or for onion soup, tarts, pizza, or onion dip. Or you can also eat it straight up.
Preferred type of onions for caramelizing:
Walla Walla (Washington)
Sweet Imperial (California)
Oso Sweet (Chile)
Texas Sweet (Texas)
Mayan Sweet (Mexico)
Instructions for caramelizing onions
Step 1: Arrange for 1 medium onion, 3 tablespoons cooking oil and frying pan.
Step 2: Peel and slice your onion lengthwise to desired thickness. Try to cut the onion pieces roughly the same size and shape so they cook evenly. Or else smaller pieces will burn before the larger ones caramelize.
Step 3: Heat the pan to a medium-high temperature, then add oil and keep on heating.
Step 4: When the oil is hot, add the onions. The onions should sizzle when they hit the oil, but shouldn't splatter and pop.
Step 5: Stir them and make sure that each onion piece is coated with some of the oil. The temperature of the oil will go down.
Step 6: Stir the onions frequently, so that each onion piece gets approximately the same amount of time in contact with the bottom of the pan.
Step 7: As the onions lose volume as the water in them start to evaporate. It is during this cooking stage that they will begin to brown.
Step 8: Lower the heat and cook till they reach the desired color. (photo: buffchickpea.com)