How didn't we know this one?

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
March 07, 2018
Balsamic Caramelized Onions
Credit: Courtesy HelloFresh

Nothing could ever hold a candle to Dad's honey-balsamic vinaigrette, but did you know you can use the tasty vinegar when you're caramelizing onions? "Caramelized onions are all over restaurant menus but are incredibly easy for home cooks to re-create in just a few easy steps. Balsamic is the secret sauce that completely transforms an onion to bring out its sweetness," says Claudia Sidoti, Head Chef & Recipe Developer at HelloFresh, the nationwide meal-kit service.

To make the best-ever caramelized onions at home, follow these steps. "[T]hinly slice one large onion (red or yellow both work well). Heat a drizzle of olive oil in a large pan over medium heat, and add the onion. Cook until softened for around five minutes, tossing occasionally. Then, add in a splash (one to two tablespoons) of your favorite balsamic vinegar, and reduce the heat to low. Continue to let the onions cook until they're very soft and fragrant, for about 10 minutes, and then season with salt and pepper."

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Toss a handful into your favorite pasta primavera recipe (or pretty much any cold pasta salad), as a sandwich topping, or on burgers. Don't tell dad, but these may be up there with his famed vinaigrette.