Caramelized onions are an easy and mouthwatering way to take a burger, sandwich, or any meal to a new level. Plus, caramelizing onions is easier than you think.
1 to 2 red onion or yellow/white
3 or 4 tablespoons of olive oil and butter (I use 2 tablespoons of each)
A wee bit of sea salt
A wee bit of balsamic vinegar
BBQ sauce of your choice
*Next Level Ingredient: Gochujang (Korean Chili Paste)
1. Slice up onions while the pan is heating up with the butter and oil over medium heat
2. Add onions with a wee bit of sea salt (salt pulls out the moisture of the onion) and let the onions cook slowly. Do not rush this step. Stir so onions become evenly brown and soft. There is no exact time.
3. Onions want to be a delectable golden brown. I like mine a wee bit black around the edges.
4. Deglaze with a wee bit of your favorite balsamic vinegar. Just a wee bit!!
5. Add some BBQ sauce, I use my own Blueberry BBQ sauce (recipe to come soon) and I make my own Gochujang (recipe coming soon). Mix up and let the onions continue to cook till the onions are at a color you prefer.
6. The amounts of BBQ sauce and Gochujang are to your liking. I usually use four tablespoons of BBQ and two tablespoons of Gochujang.
NOTE: If you cannot find Gochujang in a local market, it can be ordered online or you can substitute by mixing up some chili powder and sriracha together or add some of your favorite hot sauce. Amount is up to you and your desired heat levels/taste.
How to Use Caramelized Onions: They are fantastic on burgers, sandwiches, with sweet potatoes, on pizza, and a fantastic topping on Mac and Cheese with bacon.
Cheers, Drew Frederic