Sunday, August 28, 2011

Caramelized Pearl Onions with Balsamic Vinegar Dried Apricots & Thyme

Sweet and sticky caramelized onions. The onions become smokey sweet while the dried apricots add a more sugary note. Throw in some balsamic vinegar and it takes on another layer and level of sweetness. Yes. Layering. It makes this dish sing. The only other addition to these two is fresh thyme and salt and pepper. After half an hour of slowly cooking, it's like grown up candy. Serve this as a dish on it's own, which is how I did it. Or serve in a gravy boat to go over slow roasted meat or chicken.

Saute 2 bags of frozen pearl onions in oil until they begin to tenderize. Add  1 cup of chopped dried apricots and let it cook for 5 minutes. Add  1 cup of balsamic vinegar and let it reduce by half, about 10 minutes. Add salt pepper and fresh thyme. Cook for about another half an hour until the liquid becomes a sticky glaze.

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