Sweet and Sour Onions

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January 1, 2021

These are so great hot on a meat or fish dish that needs brightness. They are also tasty chilled and served as a condiment.

Sweet and Sour Onions

Course: Side Dish
Serving Size: 6 - 8 people
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  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 50-60 baby "Pearl" onions peeled
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1½ - 2 cups water
  • 3 tbsps dark brown sugar
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • ½ cup sherry vinegar


Cook the onions:

  • Heat a large skillet. Add the oil. When it begins to smoke lightly, add the onions. Season them with salt and pepper. Add the butter and some of the water and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender, 10-15 minutes.

Finish and serve:

  • Add the brown sugar and the thyme. Stir to blend. Cook for an additional 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and reduce until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Taste for seasoning.

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