Many recipes contain onion, spring onion, leek etc , but I am allergic to these. Usually I just leave them out, but is there a substitute?itute?

Tom McInnes
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Jun January 25, 2021
Hi Tom! This is seemingly a little random, but I'm working with the Food52 team on a new podcast, and would love to feature your question in one of our episodes. I've sent you an email with the details, but just in case that doesn't get through, I'd just like to ask if you'd be up to have a short online call to chat about this?
 
Simone August 30, 2020
Hi Tom I'm in the same situation. If I use anything it's thinly sliced celery. Caramelizing it in butter does something beautiful.
I'd be keen to hear other's ideas also.
 
Nancy August 30, 2020
If you like caramelized or sauteed celery, try fresh fennel bulb, sliced crosswise in crescent shapes.
 
Nancy August 30, 2020
PS Obviously, the fennel will provide similar volume to a fresh onion, but different flavor notes.
 
Tom M. August 30, 2020
Thank you Simone. I really appreciate your response and it is such a relief to actually find someone who understands. Ringo Starr is in the same situation but I guess I would never get a response from him.
 
Tom M. August 30, 2020
Thank you Nancy I appreciate your response as well.
 
Tom M. September 11, 2020
Hi Simone, I have now tried your suggestion, A great way to go thank you again.
 
Jun January 25, 2021
Hi Simone! This is seemingly a little random, but I'm working with the Food52 team on a new podcast, and we're answering Tom's question on an episode of ours. We love your reply about using caramelised celery in place of onions, and would love to chat with you about this, and also any other solutions you've found since. I've sent you an email with the details, but just in case it goes unseen, would you be up to have a short online call to chat about this?
 
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