Easy Roasted Cipollini Onions Recipe

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Why It Works

  • Cipollini onions are far sweeter than regular onions, making them ideal candidates for caramelization.
  • Cooking the onions slowly allows their natural sugars to break down into sweeter compounds, rather than burning and turning bitter.

I have a deep and abiding love for cipollini onions, the little disk-shaped onions that you used to see only in fancy restaurants, but are now available all over the place. They're far sweeter than regular onions, which makes them ideal candidates for caramelization, and the easiest way to accomplish that caramelization is by using the oven. You can use a similar technique to roast pearl onions and shallots, too.

Recipe Facts

Active: 10 mins
Total: 40 mins
Serves: 4 to 6 servings

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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons (55g) unsalted butter

  • 2 pounds (900g) cipollini onions, peeled and trimmed

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Adjust oven rack to center position and preheat oven to 325°F. Melt butter in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onions and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to oven and roast, tossing occasionally, until deeply caramelized and tender, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Special equipment

Large cast iron skillet or oven-safe nonstick skillet

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
134 Calories
8g Fat
15g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 134
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 5g 24%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 110mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 253mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)