Monday, February 16, 2009

Caramelized onions

I made some caramelized onions for the first time yesterday. I was folding dumplings and shu-mai, and I parked myself at the kitchen counter so I could periodically stir the onions.

As the onions seemed to melt into a delicious reddish-brown goo, I wondered aloud to my husband whether it was done. He was pan-frying some sweet potato ravioli I learned from watching Ming Tsai.

"Smells good. I think it's done. What's next?"

"This is it. I caramelized onions. That was the point."

"I thought you were working off a recipe!"

"Yeaaaahh. A recipe for caramelizing onions. That's the point. I wanted to caramelized onions."

He shook his head. He obviously doesn't get how my obsessive nature applies to food. Sure, I have ideas about putting the onions on steak maybe doing something with potatoes in the pantry. But obviously, an ingredient that takes 4 hours of periodic attention is something you prep ahead of time to keep in your fridge for a week of experimentation to come.

Already, I love me some caramelized onions with some scrambled eggs.


Surfsister said...

I taught myself to caramelize onions some time last year. That's weird since, as you know, I like so few foods that there was little point to me learning to do this. I often mate them with a gourmet sausage. Then Ken and I do our version of hot dogs. I don't eat normal hot dogs. I know what you're thinking, "You don't eat anything except pistachios!"

gracefullee said...

Sausage and caramelized onions sounds delicious! I could go for an Andouille or Boudin...