Rachael, the talented chef responsible for Fresh Approach Cooking, has started a “Kitchen Project” series. In installments, she is sharing some important kitchen basics with her readers. She began with Roasted Peppers, then Roasted Garlic and, most recently, Caramelized Onions. Possibly because I really enjoy raw onions in many dishes, I have usually favored the quick and dirty method of caramelizing onions, by cooking them over a relatively high heat until they are tender. This usually takes about 20 minutes and must be the preferred method of recipe writers, since the vast majority of recipes tell you that it takes 20 minutes to caramelized onions. The ones in my picture took about 2 hours. Rachael’s took nearly 3 hours and are a bit browner. It takes about the same time no matter how many onions you use, so you may as well do a lot. They taste meltingly sweet and just fantastic.
[Photo by Nicole Weston]