Monday, November 25, 2013

Roasted Onion Oil


Three ingredients to make a delicious olive oil perfect for vinaigrette, dipping, sauteing, or...

Extra virgin olive oil (though plain old slutty olive oil would work too,) yellow onions (Vidalia-type sweet onions are too mild,) and Jane's Krazy Salt (sea salt would be just fine) are all you need.
 

Slice the onions, put them in a shallow pan with about a half an inch of olive oil, flip the slices to make sure they're well-coated, sprinkle with salt. Put in a 350 degree F oven for about an hour till they are beginning to brown and smell wonderful.

 

Let cool a bit then strain.  The roasted onions will be good in a quiche, on a pizza, in soup, on bruschetta . . .

The oil, combined with basalmic vinegar and a little salt, makes a delicious, rich vinaigrette -- perfect for a plain green salad, incredible when you add fresh fruit (pears, for example,) nuts (pecans or almonds,) and gorgonzola or goat cheese to that salad.


Two big cooking trays and four onions yielded about a quart and a half of oil.  The oil is a little cloudy -- that's the flavor -- and it keeps unrefrigerated for several weeks. Of course you can refrigerate it but we tend to use it up fairly quickly.

This was a serendipitous discovery when I was roasting onions for some recipe or other and decided to try the residual oil on a salad. 
 
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8 comments:

Ms. A said...

We love cooked onions, so this would probably be a huge hit around here! I'm going to take this... hope you don't mind. Thanks, Vicki!

Lise said...

This sounds delicious and so easy, I'm going to try it...I suppose you can do the same with any roasted vegetables!

Thérèse said...

Such a great recipe!

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Yum Vicki! Can't wait to try this. Another trick from the mountains!

Jim Egerton said...

Oh Boy! Can't wait to use this to baste a grilled chicken.

Terri Buster said...

Yum! The baked onions sound delicious too!

Brian Miller said...

oh my...that does sound really good...i like your ideas on how to use it as well...mmm...love me some vidalias....

jennyfreckles said...

Mm, I will try this one. Sounds wonderful and must smell so too.