onion cook-a-thon

What: Onion cook-a-thon–caramelized and pickled from tart to soup

Why: We got a ton of onions donated to us! 🙂

When: Friday June 1, 2012, 1pm

Where: Santuary for Independent Media Kitchen located at 3361 6th Avenue in North Troy, NY

with “Coolinarian” extraordinaire Nancy Weber–Thank you Nancy for all you do!!!

Caramelized Onions

6 large yellow onions

2 Tablespoons of Olive oil


As the onions cook down keep stirring every few minutes watching the heat so that the onions cook using its own water without burning or sticking or getting brown too quickly. The whole process takes 35 to 1 hour or until onions are a rich golden color.

 To make Onion Soup:

Deglaze the pan onion pan with 1 cup of white wine. In a Dutch oven, add the wine, caramelized onions, 4 cups of broth, salt and pepper to taste. Cook for 10 minutes. Cut slices of rustic bread or baguette and toast.

Add the soup to oven safe bowls, add a slice of bread on top and cover with ¼ cup grated Gruyere cheese on each bowl. Bake oven 400F until cheese is melted.

 Pickled Spiced Onions

1 cup vinegar

4 tsp sugar

1 tsp salt

2 cups onions cut into wedges


5 whole cloves

1 tsp 5 peppercorn blend

1 bay leaf

1 small dried chili

1 garlic clove

3 green olives

Bring the brine and spices to a boil. Add onions to the brine in batches and blanch them for 15 seconds (still firm). Drain them and let them cool completely. Let the brine cool. Add onions, garlic, olives to jars submersed in the brine and spices. Store in the refrigerator.

Onion tomato sauce for pizza

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 large onions, chopped

4-5 cloves garlic, chopped

1 tsp of oregano

1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chopped tomatoes with juice

Salt and pepper to taste                                                Ellie and Nancy

Cook onions in the olive oil stirring over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, oregano, cooking one minute more still some liquid left, add garlic and oregano, cook until most of the liquid has evaporated.

Layer over pizza dough, or tart pastry. Add raw asparagus sliced lengthwise, mushrooms and top with grated mozzarella cheese.

Fresh Corn Onion Salad

Cut in a bowl 4 ears corn on the cob, kernels scraped, 2 bunches of cilantro, 1 seedless cucumber, 8 ounces cherry tomatoes, 1 small red bell pepper, chopped, 1 lemon, 3 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 tsp of cumin, and a medium onion chopped.


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