Anyone have a good recipe for pearl onions?
Pearl onions are great for making an onion marmalade. The sweet marmalade can be served as a relish with any poultry and it's delicious.
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 cups thinly sliced pearl onions
1/2 cup water
3 table spoons dried cranberries or golden raisins
1 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
1/2 cup white wine vinegar.
In a medium sauce pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add onions and sauté until translucent but not browned (5-8min). Add water, sugar, cranberries or raisins and mustard seed and cook until all moisture is absorbed. Add vinegar, reduce heat and simmer until marmalade thickens.
I do a version called Golden Creamed Onions. I don't have the recipe here at the office but you parboil the onions, peel them and brown them in butter and a little oil, then finish with a pint of heavy cream. The cream turns golden, hence the name and they are delicious.
I do a terribly boring, but traditional, creamed onion dish for Thanksgiving. The onions [close to 5lbs] are steamed for 30 minutes or until they are beginning to get tender. When done, I spread them onto a sheet pan and one by one, I snip the tail end and "pop" out the onion whole.
I then make a bechamel sauce with some dried mustard and kosher salt. My Mother always added nutmeg and cloves; I prefer to add a bay leaf.
Since I make these two components on Wednesday, I store them in the fridge in separate containers. An hour and a half before serving dinner, I combine the onions and sauce into a double boiler and gently reheat.
Here is a terrific recipe for fresh pearl onions baked in a sauce of cream, garlic, shallots and bacon, then topped with a crispy panko crust.
This recipe caught my attention after it was mentioned here by Dommy. I have made it at least a half dozen times and it never fails to impress.