Sweet & Spicy Caramelized Purple Pearl Onions {Recipe #2 of Menu 4: Peas & Love}

carnivore, get your vegetables in!, gluten free, plant-based, reducetarian, snack, vegan, vegetarian

I promised you some plant-based appies! These sweet and spicy purple pearl onions are simple and good, period!


Prep is made easy by parboiling the tiny onions for 3 minutes with their skins on. Then you just pop the onion out of the skin —it’s fun — kinda like popping bubblewrap! After that, it’s just a quick coat in maple syrup, olive oil, chili powder and into the oven. Totally make-aheadable too!

These make a great appie for the Lemony Pasta with Peas & Arugula I posted a few days ago. Depending on how hungry your crowd is, you might want to make the other plant-based appie for this Peas & Love menu too, the Mushroom Pate. 

If you’re looking for recipes for an entire meal,  Stars & Hearts Rhubarb Tarts would make a great ending.

PS – Read more about my grand scheme to make it easier for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores to eat together.


  • 2 cups purple pearl onions. Leave the skins on.
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil. If you are not vegan then brown butter is a tasty option.
  • 1 pinch hot chili powder



  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a medium saucepan, parboil the onions for 3 minutes and then rinse in cold water.
  3. Slice the root end of the onion off, and then pop the onion out from its outer skin.
  4. In a small ovenproof pan, combine the onions, maple syrup, oil and chili powder.
  5. Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes until tender.

Serving Ideas

There’s so many ways to eat this! Some ideas, from vegan to carnivore, listed below:

  • smeared on crusty baguette
  • spooned onto pear slices
  • as a topping on endive leaves
  • a combo of endive, pear and onions! Yum!
  • for vegetarians, the addition of goat cheese to any of the above
  • for carnivores, this will pair well with chorizo or prosciutto

Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Purple Pearl Onions with Pear, Endive, and Goat Cheese

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PS – Don’t forgot to check out the other Make it a Meal menus.




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