Monday, March 29, 2010

Caramelized Onions

A slow cooker does all the work for you here, so I almost hesitate to call it cooking, but the end result is delicious.

Peel 4 medium sweet onions, such as Vidalia (about 3 pounds total). Place the onions in a slow cooker with 1/2 cup vegan butter (such as Earth Balance). Cover, set to LOW and cook for 24 hours - yes 24! You could cook them less, but the full 24 hours ensures maximum flavor - although I confess to taking mine out at the 23 hour mark.

Remove the onions with a slotted spoon. They are delicious as an earthy side dish in their own right (alongside stuffed baked potatoes or a hearty bowl of soup, for example), but they are also be great cut up as a pizza topping, chopped and tossed with pasta and herbs, or used in a risotto.

1 onion is 180 calories.

Note: don't throw out the melted 'butter'! Transfer it from the slow cooker to a bowl; cover and chill. Skim the layer of fat from the surface, then use in an variety of ways - drizzled over steamed veggies or as a dipping sauce for bread!

Vidalia onions $3.55

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance