Caramelized onions are a simple and delicious way to elevate any dish. Placed atop pasta or even just crostini, caramelized onions add an intensely complex sweet, savory, umami flavor to whatever you’re serving up. Use them in a new and creative vegetarian recipe, and Meatless Monday just got a whole lot sweeter. Here are some of our very favorite caramelized onion recipes from around the web.
1. Caramelized Onion Jam
Whether you’re serving it with a cheese course or hors d’oeuvres, our very owncaramelized onion jam is the perfect way to get to know these deep, mahogany brown pieces of heaven. The jam has the added benefit of being a possible substitute for caramelized onions themselves in most recipes: if you have a jar of this jam in your fridge, any other caramelized onion recipe just got a whole lot easer, which is important if you’re strapped for time getting your Meatless Monday supper on the table! (Image: jeffryww)
2. Pappardelle with Carmalized Onions and Parmesean
Martha Stewart pairs them with pappardelle and parmesan for this simple Meatless Monday dish. Just a handful of ingredients are used for this pasta, so make them count! Seek out fresh pappardelle, or take the time to make your own on Sunday so that you have it in time for your Meatless Monday meal. (Image: MarthaStewart.com)
3. Roasted Beet Sandwich with Carmelized Onions
Beets and goat cheese are a match made in heaven, but caramelized onions add a new spin to this old favorite. Our roasted beet salad sandwich combines earthy autumn beets, tangy goat cheese, and just enough sweetness with honey, caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar. This is the perfect option to pack in your loved ones’ lunchboxes for Meatless Monday or to serve up in the evening for a quick yet delicious meal. (Image: abbyladybug)
4. Porcini, Caramelized Onion and Sage Risotto
Caramelized onions are perfect in risotto, where they balance out the creamy richness of the dish. This porcini, caramelized onion and sage risotto is excellent for fall, with a host of warming, autumnal flavors. Use a good-quality parmesan to ensure this dish’s success!
By: Emily Monaco