Bourbon caramelized onions

I was running around like crazy and needed to figure out what to have for dinner.  Aha! Onion Soup!  (Specifically, this recipe for Soupe à l’oignon gratinée) Perfect!

I didn’t think we had any onions at home so stopped at the market to pick some up.  Not sure how many I needed, I called home and asked Ann.  Unfortunately, she was busy and couldn’t put her hands on the recipe quickly enough, so I just bought a whole mess of onions and headed home.

Turned out, we did have onions on hand…nearly enough to make the soup.  Now we had a surplus and had to figure out what to do with them.

Ann suggested I make up a batch of my bourbon caramelized onions.  Why not?  They keep well (I freeze small batches) and they are great on burgers (grill season is nearly upon us) or pizza’s/focaccia.

Here’s what I do:

Thinly slice a couple of medium to large onions (any regular old onion will do: red, white, yellow).  In a large skillet over medium flame, heat enough olive oil to cover the bottom to not more than 1/4 inch depth.  Melt in two or three tablespoons of unsalted butter.  Add the sliced onions (they should sizzle but not splatter) and stir to coat evenly with the oil/butter.*

Keep an eye on the onions and stir every couple of minutes so they don’t stick.  The water will cook out of the onion slices and they will soften.  Reduce the heat when the onions start to take on some color and keep stirring occasionally.

When the onions have turned a rich color (past golden…on towards mahogany), and have become nutty and sweet tasting, remove from pan and place into a bowl.  This can take 25 minutes or so. Return the pan to the stove and carefully pour in a 1/4 cup of good bourbon (Maker’s Mark is particularly suited for this).  Stir to loosen and dissolve the goodness left in the bottom of the pan.  Continue stirring until the alcohol has burned off and the bourbon has reduced and thickened.  Pour over onions in the bowl and stir to blend.

*Some recipes suggest seasoning the onions with salt, pepper and/or sugar.  You can. I don’t.

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