The final recipe from Melssa d'Arabian's Today Show meal purported to be under $10...Roasted Balsamic Onions. I love roasted onions and I love balsamic vinegar...I was hoping this dish would be a winner.
Her recipe calls for white onions - I bought yellow onions because they were significantly less expensive than the white onions. I also only prepared 1 1/2 onions (the yellow ones were larger than the white ones)...the teen won't eat these (I knew that going in...but I always encourage a taste)...so I figured a half recipe would be more than sufficient.
Here's the recipe...
ROASTED BALSAMIC ONIONS
by Melissa d'Arabian
3 large white onions, peeled and quartered
3 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sugar
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
In a large bowl, toss the onion quarters with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, sugar, and season with salt and pepper.
|Tossing in sauce before roasting|
She didn't say to put the foil back on for the last 20-25 minutes, so I didn't. I figured this would be necessary to reduce the liquid to a syrupy state.
If you are serving this with the braised pork - and the polenta, plan out the timing....
Start the ribs first, get the polenta going next, both of those take slightly over 2 hours total cooking time.
These onions take just under an hour, so obviously, start them 1 hour into the process.
If the wind is blowing your way, your meal should be complete all at the same time.
My thought is that I used too small of a pan - these would have been better if they were cooked a little more...the small pan I used (since I only did 1/2 recipe) didn't allow them to be in a single layer. Also, the sauce did not get syrupy as indicated. With more surface area for roasting, that would have likely happened as well.
The flavor was good - but a little too much crunch for me - I would have liked these a LOT had they been more roasted! A point in their favor...the polenta and braised pork ribs were so rich that the tartness of the balsamic onions cleansed the palate a bit - it was a good choice for balancing out the dishes being served.
Want to find out what we had for dessert? Stop by tomorrow...a simple and delicious upside down apple tart...called Flash In A Pan!!!
Bon Appetit, Y'all!!!