Saturday, May 31, 2008

Sweet & Sour Baby Onions

Sweet and Sour Baby Onions
serves 4

350g/12oz baby onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 fresh bay leaves, torn into strips
thinly pared zest of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon Demerara sugar
1 tablespoon clear honey
4 tablespoons red wine vinegar

• Soak the onions in a bowl of boiling water for 15 minutes. Using a sharp knife, peel and halve the onions.
• Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and bay leaves to the pan, and cook for 5–6 minutes until golden brown all over.
• Slice the lemon zest into thin matchsticks. Add to the frying pan with the sugar and honey. Cook for 2–3 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the onions are lightly caramelized.
• Add the vinegar to the frying pan. Continue to cook for 5 minutes or so, stirring, until the onions are tender. Transfer to a dish, and serve immediately.

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