Flaming Onions

By • March 20, 2011 • 15 Comments



Author Notes: Back in the hotel days my dad the chef would make sauteed onions to serve with the steaks he broiled for our guests (he only cooked steaks when we had slow weeks and a smaller number of people to serve). A few years back I decided to make my dad his own onions, and add the whiskey he kept at his side, for quiet sipping while cooking, directly to the onions. This is a basic recipe that can be served as is, or added to a gravy, or used as a base for a broader vegetable saute. I also use these in tarts and quiches.Bevi

Serves 4

  • 2 Large onions, sliced - Spanish, Sweet, Red, or mixed
  • 1 dash Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher or sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 3 tablespoons Whiskey or Bourbon or Brandy
  1. Add olive oil and butter to a saute pan over low to medium heat.
  2. Add the sliced onions and saute lightly, making sure the onions do not brown. Saute for 10 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, and saute for another 10 minutes.
  4. Add the sugar and continue to saute.
  5. After about 30 minutes total cooking time, add the booze and carefully flame the onions using a lighted wooden kabob stick.
  6. Allow the booze to burn off, and at this point you may continue to saute the onions on low heat to your liking. You may like them with a little more firmness, or completely caramelized. They are delicious at any degree of "doneness".
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Buddhacat

over 3 years ago SKK

Somehow I missed this recipe and it is now in my favorites. This is really brilliant! Well done.

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over 3 years ago Bevi

I'm so glad you like it, SKK!

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Yikes, what a great recipe!! I love bourbon and imagine it must be heavenly used this way. I'm thinking here, put these bad boys on a pizza (barley, wheat germ and semolina in the crust, with just a whisper of rye flour) with some good bacon and Dubliner cheese. And maybe a few broccoli rabe for color and texture. I caramelize onions all the time. We're going to a whole new level here. Yummmmm. ;o)

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over 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks AJ! That sounds like one amazing pizza to me....hearty with lots of Antonia touches!

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Thanks! By the way, my sons call that pizza crust, "killler," as in, "(munch, munch), killer crust, Mother. (munch, munch)" Really love this onion recipe. Will buy even more onions than usual to give it a go. Mr. T will be happy. (As will I. Am thinking a Spanish tortilla full of them . . . with just a touch of Manchego and tiny bits of ham and maybe a chanterelle or two . . . . . ) ;o)

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over 3 years ago gingerroot

What a great twist to sauteed/caramelized onions! I bet the flavor is fantastic. Thanks for the recipe.

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over 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks gingerroot!

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over 3 years ago pauljoseph

Bevi I will try this recipe

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over 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks pauljoseph. I am flaming up your pineapples this weekend!

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over 3 years ago JanetMlr

Can't wait to make them. Thanks!

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over 3 years ago Bevi

They are good! Brandy is also an option.

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over 3 years ago fiveandspice

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I second Sagegreen. Fabulous idea!

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over 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks fiveandspice!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

What a great idea!

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over 3 years ago Bevi

Thanks, Sagegreen! My dad sure appreciated it!