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Caramelized Onions.

I was at a party a couple months back in the Cleve and the hostess served caramelized onions with bison burgers. The entire meal was very gourmet and healthy; it was great! I haven’t taken the plunge and bought bison yet (it’s a little expensive…plus now we have all this antelope meat!) but last night I did try my hand at caramelized onions.

If I had to choose a way to eat onions, i.e. onion rings, raw, etc., I would definitely choose caramelized. Onions can be a little harsh on my stomach when they’re not cooked well. They can also be harsh on my breath but that’s certainly not a good enough reason not to eat them! The only person who really suffers in that case is my husband..but he’s stuck with me now! Sorry hunny.

Anyway, I bought two sweet yellow onions the other day and thought they’d be perfect with pulled pork and bbq sauce, or for just eating straight out of the pan like I was doing last night.  I used a really simple recipe since this was my first time and they turned out great!

Caramelized Onions

  • 2 sweet yellow onions
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil (or enough to coat your pan)
  • 1 sliver of butter (optional)
  • 1 tsp of salt
  • pinch of sugar (optional. Can help speed up the process)

First, I cut and peeled the onions.

After the pan warmed up, I added the olive oil and butter. Can’t go wrong with olive oil and butter! Gotta fatten up for the winter!


Then I added the onions! The only hard thing about this recipe is it takes time. I cooked the onions for almost an hour. You basically just let them cook down, stirring throughout, until they’re nice and brown. I added a pinch of sugar and salt but that’s optional. I also poured in a little water to make sure they weren’t drying out.

getting darker...


almost there...

lookin' good...


Finally, they were done! They tasted great: the perfect amount of sweet and crispy. My plan for pulled pork, caramelized onions, and bbq sauce went by the waist-side when we picked up fresh roasted green chiles.

There was a guy down the street literally roasting green chiles for people and selling them, so we bought a ton! I froze most of them, but obviously we had to try them out.

Yesterday was a good day for food. We also had a neighbor bring us over fresh canned pickled beets, peach jam, and tomatoes from their garden. So we had a salad  to go with the pork topped with beets! I love beets these days, they’re so good!

beet fingers

It was a pretty good dinner: pulled pork with roasted green chiles and caramelized onions with an apple and beet salad on the side.

My next project? Painting a house! We’re moving into a cabin and my job is to repaint the inside. I’ve never painted anything, except maybe water colors when I was young, so this should be interesting. I picked some colors yesterday so I’m testing them out today. Wish me luck!


Have you ever painted a house or apartment before? Any good tips?

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