Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Caramelized Onions In NJ in January

On our honeymoon in Belize I had the most amazing bbq chicken pizza (what can I say, I don't eat seafood and it was one of the few chicken items on the menu). I make a lame version of grilled bbq chicken pizza at home (homemade dough, Trader Joes BBQ sauce and shredded chicken) but what really kicked the honeymoon version up was the caramelized onions. 

As it happens, I had half a red onion and some shredded chicken in the fridge so I thought we'd have bbq chicken pizza "fancy style" tonight, but I am categorically against cooking any food that makes my entire house smell for days, so I googled to see if there was a way to caramelize onions outside on the grill and google came to my rescue. Basically it told me to throw the onions on some foil with butter, salt and pepper, wrap them up and let them do their thing for awhile. I threw them on the grill and what do you know, it worked! They aren't as firm as I'd like (too much butter? didn't cook long enough?) but they have a hint of caramel color and smell amazing so I will call it a success. Hopefully they'll firm up again a bit once I put them on the pizza tonight. I think NJhusband is going to love the "honeymoon" version tonight. 

Using up ingredients wasting away in the fridge $0
Coat needed to not freeze your butt off while you grill in January $60
Not having your house smell like onions for 3 days: Priceless


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