Monday, March 5, 2012

sweet balsamic oven roasted whole onions

this one is so easy and quite impressive and will make your whole house smell like angels. (angels smell like carmelized onions, right?)

sweet balsamic whole oven roasted onions
active time: 5 minutes
cooking time: 1 hour
one onion (or as many as needed)
salt, pepper, oilive oil, and balsamic vinegar

preheat oven to 425 degrees

slice off the top and bottom of an onion.
slice the top at a bias to expose a little more onion white. 

set the onion on a foil lined cooking sheet (for the love of all that is good, do not use your french stoneware wedding present baking dishes like i did because you will be scrubbing off baked-on grease for hours. live and learn.)

sprinkle salt and pepper over the exposed onion. generously drizzle on a good quality balsamic vinegar, followed by a drizzle of olive oil.

place in oven for about an hour, until soft all the way through and carmelized on the outside. you may wish to add a little more balsamic during cooking.

remove from oven, pinch off outer skin.

using a fork and knife, smush the onion around in a dish, adding a little more salt as needed.

they are great alone as a simple side dish, or spread them on a hearty bread.
shown here on some awesome toasted, buttered 100% rye pumpernickel!)
if you make a bunch and keep them in your refrigerator, they are a great flavor boost to add to almost anything you are cooking.

source: after making some whole roasted garlic, i was inspired try whole roasted onions. a bit of googling turned up this recipe from Andrea Reusing, which, with a couple of tweaks, yielded the recipe you see here. :)


  1. I love how simple but elegant this looks....And yes, I do think angels must smell like caramelized onions! :)

    1. thanks for the visit, and i'm glad you agree!! every time i cook onions, my husband says, "it smells amaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaazing in here!" like i am a domestic goddess. who knew the secret to marital bliss is a frying pan, a tablespoon of olive oil, an onion, and a wooden spoon?

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    1. thanks! let me know if you try it... they are so sweet, it's amazing!

  3. I made this last night for my husband and we both thought it was simply delicious! I can't wait to try it in an omelette. Thanks!

  4. I gave everyone a whole onion on the plate with steak and asparagus...none left for me to use the next day...everyone raved about the onions

    1. Glad to hear it, thank you for letting me know!

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