Wednesday, 23 November 2011

Caramelised Onions

Caramelised onions make everything taste better. Unfortunately making them involves stinking your house out with the pong of onions but that's something i'll endure if it means a massive supply of caramelised onions in the fridge. Cooking caramelised onions usually involves a long cooking time with lots of stirring - that's where the Thermomix comes in handy. Unfortunately the cooking time wasn't decreased, but i didn't have to worry about standing and stirring the whole time.

Given that i already had the crumbed tofu from last night i decided to make a tofu parma. I blended some leftover ratatouille with tomato pasta sauce and topped the parma with caramelised onions and cheese. It was lip-smackingly good! I love it when leftovers taste better than the original!

Now onto the caramelised onion recipe....

Caramelised Onions
1.2kg brown onions, sliced
1/2 MC olive oil
75g butter
1/2 MC balsamic vinegar
100g brown sugar
salt to taste

Put the onions, olive oil and butter into Thermomix bowl. Cook for 50 minutes at 100 degrees on reverse and speed soft. Add in balsamic, salt and sugar and cook for 30 minutes at varoma on reverse and speed soft. ENJOY!

note: My onions had quite a bit of liquid which wouldn't evaporate so i strained it off before adding the vinegar and brown sugar. Next time i might experiment with cooking the onions on varoma temperature for the entire time although it may be at risk of burning.

Have you got any hints for the perfect caramelised onions?

Sarah xx