How To: Caramelize an Onion
1. Slice off the top and root ends of the onions and peel.
2. Thinly slice the onion.
3. Heat a wide saute pan over medium high heat. Coat the bottom of the pan with olive oil (about a teaspoon per onion).
4. Spread onions evenly so that they cook evenly.
5. After 10 minutes of cooking, sprinkle with salt.
6. Gently stir onions every few minutes. The key is to give the onions enough time to brown, but to stir them before they burn. Allow to cook for about an hour.
7. If onions are close to burning, lower heat a little and add a little extra oil.
8. After about 30 minutes, scrape the pan of all brown bits and every ten minutes as the caramelization process continues. Cook until the onions are brown and a little bit mushy. You might need additional time if you have a large batch.
9. Optional: At the end of caramelization, add a little bit of balsamic vinegar to help deglaze the pan and add extra flavor.
10. Use immediately or store in refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week.
At the beginning...
After 15 minutes...
The onions made this Chicken Pesto Pizza extra special. I only put them on half in case we didn't like them, but that was a mistake. They are the best part of the pizza!