Food Waste in America is a huge problem. When so many people in our country (and world) go hungry, this makes me feel sad and incredibly guilty. Even though I try very hard not to waste food, it still happens. Despite my best efforts, produce still gets lost and forgotten in the bottom of the bin. I try to do things like save scraps in the freezer for soup stock, buy only the produce I think I will use, and roast a tray of vegetables to use up ones that are a bit past their prime. Sometimes, this isn't enough. Today I went into my fridge and found slimy cilantro, squishy zucchini, and onions that were sprouting greens. There was nothing I could do for the cilantro and zucchini, but the onions were salvageable and salvageable in the best way possible - CARAMELIZED ONIONS!
I adore caramelized onions. Sweet, rich, and flavorful, they are the perfect addition to steaks or burgers, pizza, quiche, and make a great base for French Onion Soup. They can be made ahead of time and used as a condiment throughout the week. I used to make them in my beloved Le Creuset pot, in fact, I credit caramelized onions for permanently discoloring my dutch oven from a beautiful creamy-white, to a dark brown burnt hue. No matter, I still love my Le Creuset and my Instant Pot® allows me to make them without much effort or attention and cleanup is a breeze.
Makes about 1 cup
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 large onions, halved and sliced into 1/8" pieces
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 cup water
1. Set Instant Pot® to saute. Melt butter and add sliced onions and salt. Saute for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, so onions soften and start to slightly brown.
2. Add water and set Instant Pot® to manual - high pressure, making sure the valve is in the sealing position. Adjust time to 20 minutes. When finished, do a quick pressure release by switching the valve to venting.
3. Reset the pot to saute, and stir constantly for about 5-8 minutes to reduce any liquid. The onions will be sweet, beautifully browned, and delicious. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
Hi, I am Julie and welcome to Instantly Delicious. I am so glad you are here to share in my adventures with using an Instant Pot ® to make easy, nutritious, and Instantly Delicious food.
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