Caramelized Onions



  1. Trim the root ends from the onions and peel them.
  2. Cut the onions in half from top to bottom, then lay each half flat side down and cut it into thin slices.
  3. Put the onions in a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Cover and cook, stirring every 5 minutes, until the onions are dry and beginning to stick to the pan, 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Add the oil and a large pinch of salt and turn the heat down to medium-low.
  6. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft, tender, and as browned and soft, another 5 to 40 minutes.
  7. As they cook, add more oil if necessary to keep them from sticking - no more than 2 additional tablespoons - and lower or raise the heat so that they sizzle without burning.
  8. Taste and adjust the seasoning, adding some black pepper.
  9. Serve hot or at room temperature.