Monday, July 25, 2011

Time-Out: Caramelized Beer Onions

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I've seen a lot of caramelized beer onion recipes lately floating around the web.  But, most of them include caramelizing the onions (albeit slightly) with butter, and then adding the beer at the end.  Hmm, that is not what I wanted to do.  What I wanted was true onions in beer, cooking until golden brown (or dark brown if you use a dark ale).  So, John and I set out to make them last Friday for our pizza night.

First though, we should note that I am terrible at making caramelized onions.  I always forget them, or they burn.  Something always goes wrong (or, maybe, I have a problem with multitasking).  In exchange for making the pizza while I solely tended to the onions, I promised John he could have the leftover beer so with my onion, I only put in half of the bottle.  Luckily it was really no hardship for John to drink another bottle so I ended up using a little under three-quarters of the second bottle.  Note that John wasn't drinking alone; I was drinking delicious Sangria.

It was Friday night, after all.  These onions taste delicious even though we used a very pale ale.  A few reasons for this.  One, that was what we had in the house; and two, we had that in the house because that's what I prefer, and John generally likes the pale / amber colored beers anyway.  However, I am already thinking about how good these would taste with a dark beer.  Yum!
Caramelized Beer Onions
Serves:  2 (1 onion)
1 bottle beer (your choice)
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 onion

Combine the beer and sugar in a medium skillet.  Slice the onion into small slices, and separate them.  Place them in the skillet and stir slowly once.  Then, place the skillet over medium-high heat and cook until beer has been evaporated; onions will become a golden brown color (about 10-15 minutes). 

If you want a darker color to the onions definitely substitute brown sugar for the sugar.  These are so easy, and delicious--it's the perfect summer twist on a great condiment! 

Until the next time my oven is on...


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