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    Balsamic-Glazed Pearl Onions

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    25 mins

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    Kittencalskitchen's Note:

    This makes a fantastic side dish to a prime-rib beef roast or a pork roast dinner, or to any beef or pork dish! This will serve about 6 people but can easily be doubled. Use a large package of frozen pearl onions for this recipe, and also fresh pearl onions can be used, just blanch in boiling water, cool then peel.

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    • 9 cups frozen pearl onions
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional or to taste)
    • salt and pepper
    • 1 -2 tablespoon butter


    1. 1
      In a large skillet heat oil over medium-high heat, then saute the onions until lightly browned (about 5-6 minutes).
    2. 2
      Add in balsamic vinegar and water; simmer stirring occasionally until the onions are tender (about 12-15 minutes).
    3. 3
      Transfer the onions to a bowl using a slotted spoon (reserve the liquid).
    4. 4
      Simmer the reserved liquid until thick and syrupy and reduced to about 1/2 cup.
    5. 5
      Season the liquid with salt and pepper and a little sugar if desired.
    6. 6
      Transfer the onions back to the skillet and coat with the liquid.
    7. 7
      Add in the butter, stirring and heat slightly until the butter has melted.
    8. 8
      Transfer to a bowl.
    9. 9

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 31, 2013

      Served today alongside standing rib roast & eggplant "steaks" for Easter dinner. They were a big hit--I didn't get one!

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    • on May 28, 2010


      I made this for a side dish, and it was a nice change of pace. I cut the recipe in half, because there were only two of us for dinner. Yummers!

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    • on November 24, 2007


      Wonderful! I used different types of fresh pearl onions, so I could get that lovely multi-colored effect. I also threw in peas, which worked beautifully as to flavor, but looked terrible! :-) Oddly enough, as good as this was on Thanksgiving (when it was hot and fresh), it was much, much better the next night -- when my husband and I ate the leftovers cold, from the container. The onions still had some texture to them (i.e., I hadn't cooked 'em to the point of mush), and they made a really wonderful cold snack. Who knew! Thanks so much for posting this.

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    Nutritional Facts for Balsamic-Glazed Pearl Onions

    Serving Size: 1 (69 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 89.1
    Calories from Fat 86
    Total Fat 9.6 g
    Saturated Fat 2.7 g
    Cholesterol 7.6 mg
    Sodium 21.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 1.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 1.0 g
    Protein 0.0 g

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    frozen pearl onions

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