Who forgot to tell me? Why didn’t I know? Why did I wait this long?
I had seen the words “caramelized onions” and really never thought much of them. At times I thought it just meant they were cooked enough to be caramel in color. At times I thought of caramel mixed with onions – yuck!
But until today, I don’t think I had ever actually tasted caramelized onions!!! Oh. My. Goodness. Do you know how good they are? Have you just let them melt in your mouth?
What? You don’t? You never have? You thought they were what happens when you didn’t stop at “cook until translucent”? Well, I am here to tell you, they are so much better. Really, why use onions for anything else but this? It is their purpose in life.
Do you have any onions laying around? Go get them. They need purpose. Now, make this.
Now that you have caramelized onions, what can you do with them? Try this first.
Take a fistful of No-Knead Pizza Dough (my new favorite) and place on a lightly floured surface. Roll it a bit to cover it with flour and let it rest about 5 minutes. Begin to roll it out into an oval shaped crust. Place it on a pizza stone or baking sheet and bake at 425F for about 10 minutes, or just before it starts to brown. Take the crust out of the oven and drizzle it with olive oil. Now comes the best part…spread 1/2 cup of these delicious, can’t-stop-eating-them caramelized onions over the crust. Sprinkle about a cup of shredded gruyere cheese over the onions along with about a teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves. Bake about 5 more minutes or until cheese is melted and slightly brown. Remove from the oven and brace yourself for the most delicious pizza bianca. Enjoy!
I know. Some of you think I am crazy because you already got the memo. You already know that caramelized onions are incredible. Well then…tell me…how else can I use caramelized onions? What is your favorite way to use them?