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The Translucent Onion Recipes & Cooking Gifts

Updated on February 20, 2015

Cooking Tools & Recipes & Methods for the Perfect Caramelized Onions

The first time I cooked up a mass of sliced onions I marveled as they changed from crisp to soft, rich glistening caramel.

As the natural sugars caramelize their flavor intensifies in a mellow manner.

This delightful transformation isn't quick - taking loving time with the scent of radiant flavor to top a steak, burger - to result in ultimate gustatory satisfaction!

The photo shows sauteing onions mid-way through cooking in a cast iron pan, bathed in olive oil, and exuding promise.

Most recipes call for cooking the onions in olive oil, but some cooks prefer using butter, and nowadays nutritionists are recommending grapeseed, coconut and walnut oils. Cast iron fry pans are usually the pan of choice, but once the news is out that caramelizing onions via crock pot, I'm guessing Crock Pot will become the new Fry Pan! Try the Caramelized Onion Fondue!

photo credits: All Photographs © 2011 by Leslie Sinclair

Maple Syrup & Ginger Flavor Onions in Curried Pumpkin Soup

Sumptuous autumn soup calls for: Yellow Onions & Maple Syrup, Ginger & Curry Powder, Red Pepper & Apple, Canned Pumpkin & Orange, Milk & Toast or Crackers. Maple Ginger Pumpkin

Video How-tos for Caramelized Onion Techniques

My favorite tutorial instructions with great photos:

Fine Demonstration

Video so good you can almost hear the sizzle and snap:

Recipe for Caramelized Onions add Pizzazz to Spiced up Tenderloin Steaks

Cooked in a fry pan and garnished with fresh lettuce, tomatoes, and the spark of jalapeno peppers & your delicious sauce, this recipe uses:tenderloin steaks & egg, milk & flour, spices & seasonings, pecans & butter & peanut oil, lettuce & tomatoes & pickled jalapenos. Enjoy the feast!

Softening Stage in Cast Iron Pan
Softening Stage in Cast Iron Pan

Caramelized Onions for Pizza! - nice demonstration

Cook demonstrates cutting petals before he plunks them into a stainless steel skillet over gas heat. He separates the petals and begins stirring, turning the hot pan down. Sprinkling sea salt or kosher salt helps absorb the onion water. In about 15 minutes onions are ready to top your pizza! Get going!

Red Rock Restaurant Special - 3 small yellow onions

Chop them in advance. Melt butter on a med-high flame in stainless steel. Plop the onions in and begin shaking the pan and stirring. Caramelization begins and turn the flame down to prevent burning. Stir, stir, stir.

Add couple pinches, maybe 1 t. salt towards the end of cooking. Near the end add white wine to lossen brown bits from the bottom of the pan, maybe 1/4 C wine. Cook down until wine disappears. Smell the scent.

Baked Brie With Caramelized Onions by Gourmet Betty

This delectable dish calls for brie & puff pastry, butter & onions, thyme & garlic, wine, sugar & egg yolk. Sounds simple because it is, and since it uses puff pastry to wrap it all up it's going to turn out golden. gourmetbetty.com

Caramelized Onion Fondue? Yes! Yes! Yes!

Butter's the trick here

Use red onions & butter, sugar & vinegar, thyme & brie, cornstarch & wine or juice, lemon juice & garlic.

Spend a few enjoyable minutes gather the dippers and relish a great taste experience! Onion Fondue

Mashed Sweet Potato Caramelized Onions

OK, so the author calls them Sweet Potato Scallops, but look scrumptious and colorful. Ingredients couldn't be simpler: sweet potatoes, oil and seasonings, milk and sour cream, and onions.

Make ahead if it fits your schedule better, by cooking potatoes and onions and placing them in a casserole dish, refrigerating until it's time to bake. Sweet Potato Onion Scallops

Scallops, Onions & Spinach Make a Real Treat

Sounds good? Wait until you see what it looks like. Assemble onions & olive oil,

Aleppo or red pepper & spinach, sea scallops & olive oil and you're ready to go!

photo by Recipe Author Laurie Constantino's Cookbook, Tastes Like Home: Mediterranean Cooking in Alaska, was published in 2007. blogger.com

Recipe at Scallops Onions Spinach

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    • TransplantedSoul profile image

      TransplantedSoul 4 years ago

      I always rush onions on too high a heat.

    • orange3 lm profile image

      orange3 lm 5 years ago

      Oh, your recipes sound so yummy! Thanks

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Looks so good, I can smell the onions cooking! :)

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      tcinvestor 5 years ago

      Hmmm. Yum. Thank you. Onions in many tasty ways.

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      Morgannafay 5 years ago

      You have made me so hungry right now! LOL. Man, extra sauteed onions on a pizza and nothing else transforms it into something so yummy everyone should give it a chance. You got me thinking about that. I used to eat pizza like that for years. Everyone always poo poo'd it until they tried it and became addicted.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      *** SquidAngel Blessing Boost *** for making my mouth water! What a yummy page!

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      David Gardner 6 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens. I learned about carmelized onions when my roommate in college was cooking his various meals (he was from Taiwan and enjoyed vegetables poured over rice). Congrats on a nice presentation!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 6 years ago

      I love carmalized onions.