Friday, 11 January 2008

Oven Barbecued Onions

A good side dish to serve with roasted chicken, pork or beef, since it can go into the oven at the same time. The exact sauce is flexible and if you have one you particularly like, you could use a slightly thinned prepared BBQ sauce instead of the one I have given.

4 servings
1 hour 15 minutes - 15 minutes prep time

Oven Barbecued Onions4 or 5 medium onions (500 grams; 1 to 1 1/4 pounds) onions
4 allspice berries (optional)
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 teaspoon hot mustard powder
OR 1/2 teaspoon prepared mustard
1/4 teaspoon thyme (optional)
salt & pepper

Put a good-sized pot of water on to boil. Peel the onions, and cut them in thickish (1/2 cm) slices. When the water boils, add the onions and boil them for 5 minutes. Drain well.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Toast the allspice berries in a small skillet until fragrant, shaking them regularly. Grind them and put them in a shallow baking pan. Add the honey, butter, water, ketchup, mustard and thyme to the pan. Put the pan in the oven until the honey and butter are melted, then remove it (with oven mitts!) and mix the sauce ingredients together. Mix in the drained onions. Season with a little salt and pepper.

Return the pan with the onions to the oven and bake for approximately 1 hour, until the onions are soft, dry and golden-brown.


Peter M said...

Ferdzy, I'm betting those onions were sweet enough...great idea for a side!

Kevin said...

Baked onions sound really good. I wonder if you could fully caramelize onions in the oven? It might be easier than stirring them on the stove for 2-3 hours.

Ferdzy said...

Well, you can,Kevin. Have a look at this recipe, where I more or less do that.

Roasted Onion and Spinach Salad