Balsamic-Glazed Pearl Onions

"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."
Balsamic-Glazed Pearl Onions created by Rita1652
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  • 9 cups frozen pearl onions
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 12 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon sugar (optional or to taste)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 -2 tablespoon butter


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

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  1. El Bee
    Served today alongside standing rib roast & eggplant "steaks" for Easter dinner. They were a big hit--I didn't get one!
  2. MakeDollarHoller
    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!
  3. KLHquilts
    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.
  4. PaulaG
    These were a very nice addition to grilled steaks. I used a bag of frozen onions and a mixture of white and dark Balsamic vinegar. Delicious!
  5. lin18760
    Loved this recipe!!Did half and used fresh onions,thanks.



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