In my last post I wrote about how to saute mushrooms, and it made me want to learn how to caramelize onions, since the two go so well together. I was able to find a cooking video that shows how easy it is to cook onions to perfection, which is exactly the kind of video a new cook like me needs to see.
Unlike with cooking mushrooms, you need to start your pan on low heat. Be sure to have a small amount of oil in the pan. The low heat is important, because that is what draws the sugar out of the onions, and gives it the nice brown color.
Add the onions to the pan, and cook it for at least 20-30 minutes. You can stir them every so often. I hate to admit that this is something I did wrong in the past. I thought onions needed to be cooked on high heat, and that they should be done in about 10 minutes. Now I will know that slow and steady wins this race.
Continue cooking the onions until they are a lovely golden brown. Don’t be surprised to see that your cooked onions will have shrunk to about 1/3 the size of precooked onions.
Timing with cooking is important. If you do decide to cook onions to go with your mushrooms, be aware that the onions will take a lot longer to finish cooking. The time it takes to caramelize onions is well worth it for this delicious side dish.