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Spicy Caramelized Onions

Sweetly smoky caramelized onions with a bit of heat.

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Caramelized onions - I don't make them often since it takes quite a while to make only a relatively small amount of final product. Not the most efficient process, but it sure does make some tasty eats! I've made plain caramelized onions many times, but this time, I wanted something a bit different, so I decided to add some spice - a few chili peppers.

Like the Maillard reaction, caramelization is a form of non-enzymatic browning. However, instead of an amino acid reaction (like the Maillard reaction), caramelization occurs by pyrolysis (geek speak for BURNING! ok - so I might be a little pyro. sometimes, maybe). In addition, you can accelerate caramelization by adding a bit of acid. In this case, I used some balsamic vinegar to help speed up the process while adding an extra bitto flavor.

What's your favorite version of caramelized onions?


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Sweetly smoky caramelized onions with a bit of heat.

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Yield: 2 cups

Materials:

Mass Weight Volume Number Material Notes
1 teaspoon oil
3 onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
chili peppers, chopped I used 2 or 3 dried serrano peppers, but you can easily adjust type and amount to suit your preferences.

Methods:

  1. Gather all materials.
  2. Heat the oil, and cook the peppers briefly.
  3. Add in remaining materials, cooking until caramelized. Stir occasionally.
  4. You can add a bit of moisture/water if needed, but it will slow down the caramelization process. On the other hand, slow is better than burnt. :P



4 comments:

  1. carolinaheartstringsDecember 14, 2011

    This looks so tasty. Perfect on a big steak! We have a fantastic Kahlua Cinnamon Cocoa. Come on over and try it out. While you are there be sure to check out the Southern Fried Women post and enter to win a great Christmas present from the author!

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  2. It is! We like it on burgers too.

    I’ll stop by and check out your tasty eats too. :)

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  3. Carrie @ My Favorite FindsMarch 02, 2012

    Yum. My husband would love these on a steak or chicken philly sandwich! Thanks for linking to Must Try Monday.

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  4. Thanks for hosting! The bit of spice just adds a little more "something" to regular caramelized onions - which are pretty tasty too. :)

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