Want a secret weapon in your cooking arsenal that you can pull out anytime to make anything taste better?
One that can make the difference between a dish that's good and a dish that's fabulous? Between so-so and WOW? A secret ingredient you can toss into almost anything, because it's totally pareve and versatile?
No, it’s not a dream.
Yes, this magic ingredient exists... and it's onions - the caramelized kind.
Is it magic? Or science?
Onions are like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. When they're raw, they're hard, sharp, with a nasty sting that makes your eyes tear up. But when caramelized, they're soft, mellow, sweet and... well, full of all that caramelly goodness.
The word "caramelization" refers to the browning that happens in the onion's sugars. Sugar in an onion? You betcha. Even the most humble yellow onions have plenty of sugar, and the special sweeter varieties like Vidalia have even more.
Did you know that you can actually caramelize onions in the crock pot?