- Difficulty 2
- Prep Time 8 mins
- Cook Time 40 mins
- Serves 4
You know that cool hat that goes with everything? This is the food equivalent. These golden onions make a sweet side for steaks, are the ideal burger or pizza topper, add flavour to pastas and sandwiches, and play nicely with most backyard barbecue faves. The recipe’s flexible, too — if American pale ale (APA) isn’t in your rotation, swap it for your go-to brew. Remember, if you like to drink it, you’ll like to cook with it.
- 2 tbsp (30 mL) salted butter
- 4 medium or large yellow onions, thinly sliced
- 1 tsp (5 mL) salt (approx), divided
- 1 cup (250 mL) American pale ale, divided
- 1 tsp (5 mL) packed brown sugar (approx)
- 1. In a large pot, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
- 2. Pour in 1/2 cup (125 mL) ale and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until almost no liquid remains, about 10 minutes.
- 3. Pour in remaining 1/2 cup (125 mL) ale and stir to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until no liquid remains and onions have begun to darken slightly, 20 to 25 minutes.
- 4. Stir in 1 tsp (5 mL) brown sugar and remaining 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) salt.
- 5. Option 1 (light golden onions): Cook, stirring occasionally, until light golden, 5 to 7 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and brown sugar, if desired; stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
- 6. Option 2 (dark golden onions): Cook, without stirring for several minutes at a time (to allow onions to stick slightly to pot and caramelize further), until one-quarter to one-third of the onions are deep brown, about 10 minutes. Taste and season with more salt and brown sugar, if desired; stir until dissolved. Remove from heat.
- Cooking concentrates a brew’s flavours, making them stronger and brighter. That’s why it’s important to choose a beer that you find really tasty.
- You can cook the onions ahead and refrigerate them in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Reheat them for a few minutes in a pan over medium-low heat right before serving.