How to Make Caramelized Balsamic Cipollini Onions

These little onions are delicious, sweet and savory with a bit of vinegary bite.

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How to Make Caramelized Balsamic Cipollini Onions Recipe
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Boil a large pot of water. When the water boils, toss in the onions.

Boil a large pot of water. When the water boils, toss in the onions.

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Par boil them for about 1 minute.

Par boil them for about 1 minute.

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Drain the onions.

Drain the onions.

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Rinse them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Set them aside to cool a bit.

Rinse them in cold water to stop the cooking process. Set them aside to cool a bit.

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Zest 1 lemon.

Zest 1 lemon.

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Mix the lemon zest with the bay leaves.

Mix the lemon zest with the bay leaves.

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When the onions have cooled a bit, slip them out of their outer skin by cutting off the tip of the onion...

When the onions have cooled a bit, slip them out of their outer skin by cutting off the tip of the onion...

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...and gently slipping off the skin.

...and gently slipping off the skin.

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Like this.

Like this.

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Put 1/3 cup of sugar in a little mound in a skillet.

Put 1/3 cup of sugar in a little mound in a skillet.

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Add 1 tbs of water to it.

Add 1 tbs of water to it.

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Gently melt the sugar water under a moderate heat without stirring it.

Gently melt the sugar water under a moderate heat without stirring it.

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I rotated the pan around on the heat, sliding the dissolved sugar around until it  forms a light amber colored caramel.

I rotated the pan around on the heat, sliding the dissolved sugar around until it forms a light amber colored caramel.

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Take the pan off the heat and carefully stir in the butter...

Take the pan off the heat and carefully stir in the butter...

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...and the balsamic vinegar. I used  Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar from Sonoma Harvest.

...and the balsamic vinegar. I used Barrel Aged Balsamic Vinegar from Sonoma Harvest.

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Be careful adding the vinegar, as the caramel will harden up and you'll have hard crunchy bits of sugar. This is okay as you'll see.

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Put the pan back on the heat and stir until the caramel is melted again.

Put the pan back on the heat and stir until the caramel is melted again.

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When the caramel has melted down again, add in the onions...

When the caramel has melted down again, add in the onions...

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...the lemon zest, and the bay leaves.

...the lemon zest, and the bay leaves.

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Stir everything around, and add in the broth.

Stir everything around, and add in the broth.

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Bring the whole thing to a boil, then add salt and pepper to taste, turn the heat down and let everything simmer over a low heat until the onions are glazed and the liquid is syrupy, 1 and 1/2 hours

Bring the whole thing to a boil, then add salt and pepper to taste, turn the heat down and let everything simmer over a low heat until the onions are glazed and the liquid is syrupy, 1 and 1/2 hours

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Serve them up, or you can make them ahead and reheat them for next days meal. Enjoy!

Serve them up, or you can make them ahead and reheat them for next days meal. Enjoy!

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