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Caramelized Onions

Yesterday’s post was for superior mashed potatoes, made with goat cheese and caramelized onions.

Now, you can caramelize onions many ways but this recipe, from Texas Cowboy Kitchen, offers a quite sophisticated approach. Red, white, and green onions are all combined. There is a little vinegar, a little brown sugar. What you get here is a thick mixture that has deep onion flavor without becoming a “candy.”

These onions can be used in those mashed potatoes, but they can stands on their own as a side dish. Or you can top a steak, chicken, or roast to offer both taste and visual appeal.

It takes less than half an hour to go from raw onions to a table ready treat. Once you’ve tried this particular recipe, it may become your personal standard.

Caramelized Onions

Yield: 1 ½ cups


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch green onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • ¼ cup brown sugar



Heat the oil in a heavy sauté pan over high heat. Add the onions and cook until stirring until softened, approximately 10 minutes.

Add the vinegar and brown sugar, lower the heat and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is completely absorbed.

Source: Texas Cowboy Kitchen by Grady Spears with June Naylor


Gorgonzola and Caramelized Onion Tart

cheese tart

Abigail Kirsch is renowned for her catering company, THE premier New York City event caterer. If you are ever fortunate enough to attend an event where she provides the food, then one thing is certain: you will be amazed at the richness and completeness of her recipes. They are visually stunning and then you tasted them and … You’ll want more and you’ll want to know how to create each dish.

Abigail shared some of her recipe treasures with us in her book The Bride & Grooms Menu Cookbook. This tart was inspired by that Bride & Groom trove. I was in a garlic mood and I had a half-filled bottle of white wine. So the garlic here and the wine are my additions to an already awesome recipe. Paired with a simple green salad, this tart is certainly a perfect meal for Sunday brunch or for dinner any time. The flavors here are intense, so a subtle white wine will be overmatched. Be bold!

Gorgonzola and Caramelized Onion Tart

Yield: serves 8

Ingredients for the Apple Cake:

  • 1 pre-made 9” savory pastry shell of your choice
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil or 2 tablespoons pancetta fat
  • 2 large onions, chopped medium
  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 cup heavy cream or half and half
  • 4 ounces gorgonzola cheese, finely crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, washed, tough stems removed, chopped

Preheat the oven to 375˚F.

Heat the butter and oil (or reserved fat) in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, roasted garlic, salt, and sugar and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion is golden brown and caramelized, 15 to 20 minutes. Add the wine and deglaze the pan and continue to cook 5 minutes longer until all wine has evaporated. Cool slightly and evenly distribute in the bottom of the partially baked savory tart shell. valign=”top”>Whisk the eggs, cream, and Gorgonzola together in the bowl until thy mixture is well blended.

Pour the custard over the onion and bake the tart for 30 to 40 minutes, until a knife inserted in the corner comes out clean. Transfer the tart to a cooling rack for 10 minutes.

Inspired By: Bride and Groom Cookbook by Abigail Kirsch

cover of cookbook