The Way to Perfect Caramelized Onions (By Avoiding Common Mistakes)

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Have you ever wondered what’s wrong with the way you cook your caramelized onions, so that it’s imperfect all the time? Heeding the instruction that says it can be done in as little as 5 to 10 minutes, the onions stare back at you limp and pale, meaning not caramelized. How long does it really take to caramelize onions?

Reflecting on Time as the “Most Common Mistake”

Timing is the issue that Slate writer Tom Scocca is disgruntled with, says The Kitchn in the post Why Recipe Writers Lie About Caramelizing Onions. The Kitchn writes, “… Specifically, he (Scocca) is dissatisfied about the downright lying that goes on in recipes about how long it takes to caramelize onions.”

In the blog post, The Kitchn says, “Scocca reviews a method from Melissa Clark (one we’ve also reviewed) and concludes grumpily that, “Clark was only off by 180 percent on the cooking time. You can save 12 minutes off caramelizing onions, provided you pin yourself to the stove.”

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Skyrocketing Savory Dishes with Caramelized Onions

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Aren’t we all looking for ways to give simple dishes that extra oomph to make its flavor go skyrocketing? The caramelized flavors of onions can do that to a traditional or simple meal. It can go onto a pizza, layered on a burger or sandwich and make snacking or dining a totally awesome experience. Spoon it into soups, salads or sauces to transform a regular fare into a gastronomic dish. The best thing is it is so easy to prepare. With a simple recipe and some patience you can certainly make decadent and savory spreads every day when you take the time to sweat it out in your own kitchen.

The Basic Caramelized Onions

If you have the time, turn to The Kitchn’s How To Caramelize Onions, which offers an easy, slow, step-by-step cooking recipe. The most important thing is, give it the time it needs to develop that sweet, umami flavor that lifts everything it touches.    [Read more…]

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