Can we make a suggestion? The next time you have a spare hour and are looking for a simple kitchen project, brown up a big batch of caramelized onions. While this is a relatively simple task, it does take time — typically 45 minutes to an hour — and requires frequent attention. So catch up on a favorite food podcast, or do the dishes during the downtime, and know that your efforts will be rewarded with a pile of glossy, robustly flavored onions that are sure to add spunk to meals throughout the week.
I've made it twice; once in a panini and another time on the stove, and I found that it works better in a sauté pan. When it cooked in the panini, everything oozed out the sides. Whatever way you cook it, this sandwich is absolutely delicious and I highly recommend you try it — it's perfect for meatless Mondays! Check out the recipe after the break.
I'm a huge fan of dips: I serve them at all my parties and am constantly searching for the best dip recipes. Although I've made classic onion dip a couple of times, I've been disappointed with the variations I've tried. None of them tasted better than the onion dip from a seasoning packet. I was just about to give up on homemade onion dip, until one day, while browsing Katie Lee's book, The Comfort Table, I stumbled upon her recipe.
It seemed simple enough and since it would pair well with brie-stuffed burgers, I decided to make it. Good thing, because — finally — I've found a wonderful onion dip! It's thick and creamy with a rich caramelized onion flavor. Lee recommends serving it with homemade potato chips, but I paired it with thick-cut Kettle Chips and it was absolutely delicious. Warning: it's an addictive dip; you might just eat it all! Here's her recipe.
When I was younger, cranberry sauce was one of those Thanksgiving sides that wasn't given much thought; often, we ate something that was pre-made or canned. However, I have since learned that fresh cranberry sauce is light-years better than the canned variety. It's exceptionally easy to make and can be prepared up to three days prior to the feast.
The combination of sweet caramelized onions and tart cranberries is perfect to pair with turkey. While I might not be cooking my bird for a couple more weeks, I can't wait to use this sauce to top chicken or a meatloaf sandwich.
If you want to give up the can and make your own scrumptious cranberry sauce, keep reading.
This recipe is for mushroom lovers. It tops the dough with caramelized onions and tons of sauteed mushrooms. To start your weekend by chowing down on this pizza, check out the recipe and read more
Traditionally, a Reuben sandwich is made with meat; however this vegetarian version removes the meat and uses tempeh instead. Similar to tofu, tempeh's made from soybeans. In this recipe the tempeh is cooked in a mixture of apple cider vinegar, soy sauce, black peppercorns, and caraway seeds. Then it's placed on a piece of bread and topped with the classic Reuben fixings: Russian dressing and sauerkraut. To check out the recipe, read more
Leftover ham pairs great with eggs. An elegant way to serve eggs for dinner is in the form of a frittata. Besides ham, this hearty frittata is filled with potatoes, cheese, and caramelized onions. A generous sprinkle of finely grated parmesan cheese adds a rich finish to the baked frittata. With a glass of chilled white wine and a crisp green salad, you can have a wonderful meal in no time. Take a look at the recipe when you read more
When using store bought products to produce quick fix meals, it's easy to enhance the flavor with simple add-ons. Fresh herbs, finely ground spices, or just grated cheese are wonderful options. To intensify the taste of bottled pizza sauce, stir in chunks of sun-dried tomatoes. On pizza, the sauce is perfectly textured and nicely complements the sweetness of caramelized onions and the creaminess of goat cheese. To make this tonight you'll need the recipe, just read more
Roasting is not a cooking technique that needs to be reserved for long periods of time over the weekend. Tonight, I suggest you make a quick-fix pork tenderloin roast to fill crispy taco shells. Cooked in the oven at a higher temperature, this cut of meat roasts in just 20 minutes. While the pork bakes, the onions caramelize on the stove, allowing you time to prep the taco toppings. For the recipe to this delicious and healthy meal, read more
Tonight's dinner is a vegetarian pasta filled with luscious greens and caramelized onions. Quick cooking vegetable based sauces are wonderful for rapid and simple cooking because they come together in the same amount of time it takes to boil the pasta. The fresh mozzarella is added in after the sauce is tossed with the pasta so it's deliciously oozy and delicately creamy. If you don't like arugula substitute spinach or basil. Sound delish? Get the recipe when you read more