Subtly sweetened with maple syrup and a tiny kick of hot chili powder, these caramelized pearl onions are perfect for a plant-based appetizer platter, or as a topping for entrees like this Cheesy Roasted Cauliflower.
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!
Eating Together Made Easy
These spicy caramelized onions can be made 100% plant-based. If you’re having a party with a mixed group of eaters, there are so many ways to eat these. 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
Let’s Do It! Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Pearl Onions!
Sweet and Spicy Caramelized Pearl Onions
- 2 cups pearl onions, skin on
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 pinch hot chili powder
- Preheat the oven to 350F.
- In a medium saucepan, parboil the onions for 3 minutes and then rinse in cold water until cool enough to handle.
- Slice the root end of the onion off, and then pop the onion out from its outer skin. This is fun, like popping bubble-wrap!
- In a small ovenproof pan, combine the onions, maple syrup, oil and chili powder.Roast for about 20 to 25 minutes until tender.
- There’s so many ways to eat this! Some ideas, from vegan to carnivore, listed below:smeared on crusty baguettespooned onto pear slicesas a topping on endive leavesa combo of endive, pear and onions! Yum!for vegetarians, the addition of goat cheese to any of the abovefor carnivores, this will pair well with chorizo or prosciutto