All About Caramelized Onions
It’s almost impossible to describe the taste of well and deliciously made caramelized onions. You will begin to find endless uses for them, from transforming a burger to barbeque sauce (see chipotle barbeque sauce)—Once you have the knack, they are very easy to make! Chef Phil’s classic recipe uses sweet Vidalia onion, oil, salt, pepper, and the secret ingredient- a tablespoon of light brown sugar (see Caramelized onion recipe)
This is cooked over low heat until they are a caramel color. One of the chief mistakes many people make is to undercook the onion mix. Don’t be afraid. The more caramel they are, the better they will taste! Remember tasting your cooking is key to success! Once the onions begin to become a darker brown color, taste to make sure they are sweet and starting to be almost a little jam-like. If you want to make an unusual and even more delicious condiment, say for chicken quesadillas, add two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar at the end of cooking and voila, you have created balsamic caramelized onions.
If you are lucky enough to have a cast-iron skillet, break it out for the best caramelization!