and a side of onions, please.

[3 Jan 2008 | By | 7 Comments]

I love roasting vegetables. And all it really takes is olive oil and coarse salt, an oven hovering around 400 degrees and about 25-40 minutes, depending on the veggie.

It makes them all taste sweet, caramelized, and above all approachable. And then, once I have done the rounds with olive oil and salt, I like to play a little. So I add rosemary and cayenne and brown sugar to sweet potatoes (here), and in the name of Barefoot Contessa added dijon to my new potatoes; and now this: red onions will never be the same.

Shocking really. Maybe you will ask for a side of these onions instead of ice cream with your next pie. Your kids won’t know what hit them. Are these really onions? Now, I am not saying the goal is to mask the flavor of onions, just that I am impressed with how slow-roasting brings out the sweetness of onions (or a plethora of other vegetables), and with a few extra shakes of this and that you have your new golden side dish.

Roasted Red Onions
3 red onions, sliced in 1/2 inch half-moons
olive oil
kosher salt
2 T raisins
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

Oven to 400; cut onions in half, then in 1/2 inch wedges. Put in baking dish, lube with the olive oil, sprinkle liberally with kosher salt. Roast in oven 40 minutes. Meanwhile, combine raisins, garlic, honey and vinegar in saucepan over medium heat. Bring to simmer, off heat. Add to onions, once they have roasted for 40 minutes. Stir onions, roast another 15 minutes. Serve.

Other, recent roastings:

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  • Tartelette said (3 January 2008 at 7:47 pm):

    Love roasted veggies too. Everytime I make roasted onions,I devour half the pan before it reaches the table…ma bad!!

  • aria said (4 January 2008 at 5:56 am):

    what a gorgeous picture! i love roasted veggies too just with salt and olive oil. i’ll have to try onions!!

  • Lydia said (4 January 2008 at 7:36 am):

    Those onions are mouthwatering! I love the idea of adding cider vinegar. Will definitely try that.

  • sandi @ the whistlestop cafe said (4 January 2008 at 10:20 am):

    Those roasted onions look perfect for dinner this weekend. I’ll just give that a try!
    I just posted your colorful centerpiece~ come vote!

  • Susan from Food Blogga said (4 January 2008 at 11:23 am):

    All that sticky, crunchy, caramelized topping makes me salivate. I made roasted yams yesterday and burned the heck out of my mouth because I didn’t have the patience to wait for them to cool. 😉 Looks like I’ll be trying onions next.

  • Muum said (7 January 2008 at 2:03 pm):

    this looks yummy, I’ll have to roast some veggies tonight. That will help me with my goal to eat more veggies!

  • Laura said (14 January 2008 at 8:22 am):

    That picture made my mouth water and my eyes glaze over! Seriously. :)