While traveling this week on a work trip, one of our Fab Foodies noticed something interesting on various menus at restaurants. After doing a little research we found out this will be one of the top food trends in 2013: Caramelized Onions!
The best thing about caramelized onions is that they need little to no embellishment added to them. If you did add a little something extra, I would recommend fresh thyme or rosemary. Caramelized onions take about 20-30 minutes to cook. Most onions brown within a matter of minutes, but when onions are caramelized they develop a sweet and delightful gold color. The finished look adds color and allurement to the most reserved dish.
The process of cooking the onions on low heat and slowly is long, but crucial to achieve the soft, sweet caramelized flavor. It is definitely worth the wait! You can also garnish different appetizers or main entrees with caramelized onions such as steak, pork chops, or a rotisserie chicken pizza. One of my favorites is adding brie, pear, and caramelized onions to bruschetta! Very delicious!
Other quick tips would be to add balsamic vinegar while browning the onions for a savoring taste. You can make a big batch of them and they can last up to 3-4 days refrigerated. They are also great on bison sliders, quesadillas, and even with cream cheese on a morning bagel!