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    Sweet-And-Sour Green Onions (Microwave)

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    18 mins

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    Michelle_My_Belle's Note:

    From Microwave Entertaining. Be wary of cooking times for your microwave, this is a rather old cook book, and I believe the wattages have gone up from the time it was published. My suggestion is if you have a newer microwave to only microwave for one minute the first time, adding +30 on until its hot or syrupy, three the second, then one , adding +30 until tender :) unless you have an old low wattage microwave like me! Please note, the recipe calls for green onions/scallions, other large onions are not an do-able substitution.

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    • 1 large lemon (unblemished)
    • 1 lb green onion (about 4 bunches)
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 1/4 cup sugar
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt


    1. 1
      Peel lemon, spiraling down from top to bottom - producing one long wide peel.
    2. 2
      Cut peel lengthwise into quarters to get 6 long, thin strips; set aside.
    3. 3
      Squeeze 1 tbsp lemon juice.
    4. 4
      Remove tips and ends of green onions and peel the outer layer.
    5. 5
      Divide the onions into 6 bunches, tying each with a strip of lemon peel.
    6. 6
      Arrange the bunches of onions in a 3 quart rectangle shaped microwave-safe dish.
    7. 7
      In a 1 cup microwave safe dish, combine lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and salt.
    8. 8
      Cook on high 2-3 minutes or until hot and syrupy; pour over onions.
    9. 9
      Cover onions with plastic wrap.
    10. 10
      Turn back one side.
    11. 11
      Cook on high 3 minutes.
    12. 12
      Rearrange onions.
    13. 13
      Cook another 2-3 minutes or more until tender.
    14. 14
      Let stand 2 minutes.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 19, 2008

      I'm clearly in the minority here, but these didn't appeal to me. I'm glad I tried them, though!

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    • on October 16, 2008


      I'm sorry to say this didn't work out well for me... I microwaved it for a lot longer than the recipe said, and they were still raw. It's an interesting recipe, though!! Thanks for posting.

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    • on February 28, 2008


      The biggest problem with this recipe is it isn't enough!!! I had 3 bunches that I made into 4 bundles & we all wanted MORE!!! Maybe it's *my* microwave but 3 minutes x 2 was too much - they cooked down too much. But delicious! And the sauce is to die for! Zesting the lemon in 1 piece, slicing & tying the zest was a bit tricky but I managed it. Made for the 2/08 Aussie swap.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sweet-And-Sour Green Onions (Microwave)

    Serving Size: 1 (103 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 60.0
    Calories from Fat 1
    Total Fat 0.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 109.5 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 15.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 10.0 g
    Protein 1.6 g

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