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Ideas for Carmelized Red Onions

I had a delicious pizza the other day which used carmelized red onions. Any idea about what other dishes I could make using them? I'm in the UK, so don't mention Velveeta or any other great American products. :-) Thanks.

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  1. Carmelized onions are great on a burger (no velveeta, please!). With a homegrown tomato!

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    1. re: jwbarth

      Definitely on a burger, and with boursin!

    2. Cook them down even further with a litle white wine and rosemary and use them as a pasta sauce. Best on whole wheat pasta. I did a blog post on them last year.


      1. I like a caramelized onion frittata finished with a little sherry vinegar (credit to Deborah Madison.) They are great in quiche too with any other ingredient. You can use them on croutons spread with goat cheese. Add to braised chicken dishes. I prefer raw onion on hamburgers, though.

        1. I like caramelized onions on baby spinach with a dijon vinaigrette. Yum!

          1. They are also very good with steak.

            1. I like to slowly cook onions (not necessarily red onions) on my cast iron pan until they are carmelized. When done I put them into a glass jar to keep in the fridge. Good to have on hand and ready to use. Add to an omlet, gravy, soups, hamburger sandwich, or whatever you are making. All ready and waiting. If need be, can be heated in a jiffy!

              1. Puree with balsamic vinegar, honey, salt and pepper, olive oil. Good served warm over salmon.

                1. Caramelized onions are great as a topping for steaks (mixed in with some red wine and reduced), you can mix them into beef stews, use them as a spread in grilled ham & cheese sandwiches on a crusty bread, sauté some sliced apples, mix in the caramelized onions, and use it as a complement to roasted chicken.

                  1. delicious in a tart with goat cheese

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                    1. re: hotoynoodle

                      I second the tart, though I paired the onions with roasted butternut squash and rosemary instead of the cheese.

                    2. I love caramelized onions on just about anything, but they go particularly well with goat cheese and blue cheese, such as on a sandwich (grilled), in pasta, or on pizza. I like to put them in quesadillas with jack cheese. Also, I recently made a few savory galettes with roasted delicata squash, thyme, caramelized onions and just a dusting of gruyere. Delicious!!

                      1. I love caramelized onions in grilled cheese sandwiches. Top-notch!

                        1. Two ideas that I love myself...

                          (1) Caramelized onions (with a touch of balsamic vinegar) added to quiche recipe -- very nice flavor addition.

                          (2) Tarte flambe (Alsatian onion tart). This is a little bastardized, but the outcome is great, especially for parties. Roll out puff pastry dough till paper thin, spread thin layer of creme fraiche and top with finely diced (uncooked) lardons/bacon and caramelized onions. Bake until dough is cooked through. Delicious, sinfully delicious...

                          1. Good with a bulb of fennel, sliced, and maybe some citrus zest/juice.... I did something along those lines w/ fish recently, and it was great!

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                            1. re: ErasmusBDragon

                              Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!! I better invest in a red onion patch.

                            2. Last night, I heated my caramelized onions (actually the onion marmalade recipe from Zuni) in the microwave, piled on crostini and topped w/ a shard of aged gouda, which melted just slightly from the heat off the onions. It was pretty good. Don't ask why I was making apps for myself on a Monday night. No self control at all.

                              1. I cook them down in a pan with a little balsamic & toss in a salad with artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, chicken & a balasmic or dressing of your choice....adds a little kick to the salad...or they are also very good in a cesar salad with steak or chicken & sauteed mushrooms.

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                                1. re: MiniMom

                                  Red onion jam with fig, and dried cherries. For a spread or to use with med rare duck, or lamb.

                                2. endive bites: goat cheese, toasted pecans or walnuts, and carmelized onions, spooned into endive leaves.