Is there a better smell in the kitchen than the scent of onions frying in the pan? Just about any savory recipe in the world becomes instantly tastier with the addition of caramelized onions.
Whether you use them in a soup, a side dish, or even as a central part of a main meal, onions create a depth of flavor that no other ingredient can replicate.
With this in mind, we’ve compiled a list of 16 of the best caramelized onion recipes on the internet. From flatbreads and galettes to soups and curries, we’ve got you covered!
For the first recipe on our list, we’ve chosen these delicious caramelized onion flatbreads. Fresh from the skillet, they’re relatively easy to make, but if you want to speed up the process you can use two skillets to cook twice as many at once.
The flatbreads are perfumed with the intense flavor of sweet caramelized onions, and they’re ideal for dipping into a soup or serving alongside a saucy curry.
Perfect for a tasty lunch or a light evening meal, this caramelized onion and goat cheese toast recipe is quick and easy to make.
Not only does it look great on the eye, the combination of sweet caramelized onions and creamy goat cheese is thoroughly enjoyable on the taste buds. This dish is also great for an appetizer or as a side with soup or salad.
These small bites of buttery, flaky pastry stuffed with delicious caramelized onions and cheese are one of the best snacks you’ll ever find.
They can even be made and then frozen, so while others are pulling out store-bought appetizers from their freezers, you’re dishing up these pre-made beauties.
To mix things up a little from a standard portion of fries, this caramelized onions and potatoes recipe is the perfect alternative, providing a healthier, but far tastier dish.
The onions and potatoes are sweetened with brown sugar and slow cooked, creating an incredibly flavorful side dish that goes well with just about anything you can think of.
If you’re in the mood for a hearty and satisfying meal, this recipe will be right up your street. Tasty seared steaks are combined with sweet caramelized onions and salty Gorgonzola cheese for the ultimate fusion of flavor.
It’s a good idea to seek out some high-quality Gorgonzola to create the best flavor for this dish, but any should still do the trick. The recipe is best served with garlic mashed potatoes and steamed carrots.
This dish is a perfect main meal for entertaining, and is also quick and easy enough to put together for a weeknight meal. Freshly cracked pepper provides a sharp and fruity spice to liven up the turkey, while sweet caramelized onions prevent it from becoming too harsh.
The second offering on our list which combines caramelized onion with goat cheese are these homemade rolls that are the definition of comfort food.
What’s more, they can be made from scratch in well under an hour, with store-bought pizza dough the time-keeping secret to the dish. Best baked until golden brown all over, these rolls can be served either on their own or with an accompanying salad.
Admittedly, 16 cups of sweet onions may look like an excessive amount to start off with. However, once they begin to cook down, they create an aromatic and warming recipe that’s reminiscent of a traditional French onion soup.
Added on top are parmesan croutes, which are far lighter than the traditional topping of bread and cheese.
This classic Indian curry will be sure to get your taste buds tingling. The base of the curry is formed by caramelized onions, infused with cardamom, cumin and fennel. Add in some tender lamb and small flat, cipolline onions and you’re left with a masterpiece of flavor.
If you want to go one step further, top the curry with crispy fried onions.
This pulled pork recipe, with the addition of caramelized onions, is packed to the brim with flavor. While most traditional pulled pork is barbecued, the slow cooker is arguably the easiest way to cook it, and allows for the influx of tasty ingredients.
You can serve this pulled pork recipe with potato salad or make it into a sandwich and serve it on a bun with coleslaw and some greens.
This recipe combines onions and fennel with oil, salt, thyme, oregano, and apple cider vinegar, to produce an incredible-tasting end product.
These slow-cooker caramelized onions are a perfect condiment for steaks, burgers or sauteed fish, while they’re also a great addition to a cheese board. Just keep in mind that they’re best eaten either cold or warm, not hot.
The sweet and savory quality of caramelized onion makes a great addition to this healthy stuffing recipe. To maximize the combination of flavors in the dish, choose an apple that becomes tender yet still holds its shape when cooked in the oven – try Cortland or Jonagold.
This recipe is simple, yet incredibly tasty and satisfying for anyone who loves pizza. The flavorful combination of toppings include caramelized onion, mozzarella cheese, sweet ham, and fragrant rosemary. It’s a must try for anyone.
This intriguing recipe combines sweet squash with a traditional French onion dip for a delicious end result. It’s packed full of nutrition – namely vitamins A and E – and is best served with chips and crunchy crudites. Chopped fresh chives make for a tasty garnish.
For those who aren’t keen on brussels sprout, this recipe could be the one to change your mind. The vegetable is combined with sweet caramelized onions in this vegetarian tart to create a unique blend of flavors.
The recipe can be served as a main dish or in thinner slices for a side dish or appetizer. Just keep in mind that since you’ll be pleating the dough to give it a rustic look, it’s best to buy ready-to-roll pie crusts rather than prepared pie shells.
The final recipe on our list, and by certainly no means the least, is this French onion beef tenderloin dish. In this recipe, the comforting flavors of the traditional French onion soup are turned into an easy bistro-style steak dinner.
Sweet caramelized onions smother a tender filet Mignon, which is then topped with a crispy, cheese-covered crostini. The dish is best served with green beans and mashed potatoes with buttermilk and chives.