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Caramelized Pearl Onions

Serves 4

I love caramelized onions. This recipe makes a delicious side dish for most any entree. It takes a little patience to peel tiny pearl onions but, if you follow the instructions, it is quite easy. Serve for a family meal or entertaining. For something a little different and equally delicious, see the caramelized onions with mushrooms in the similar and related recipes links.


To peel onions, place in boiling water for 3 minutes; rinse with cold water to stop cooking. Cut just a little of the root end and skin will easily peel off.

Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the butter and olive oil. When hot, add the onions. Sprinkle with the sugar, salt and pepper. Sauté until browned and starting to caramelize, about 7 minutes, stirring often. Add the port wine. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue to cook until onions are tender and liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Add the sage and sauté for 2 more minutes. (If using dried sage, add with the salt and pepper.) Serve immediately.