Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Monegasque-style Onions


Servings: Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

  • 1/2 pound small white onions, blanched in boiling water for 30 seconds, plunged into a bowl of ice and cold water, and peeled
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tomato, peeled, seeded, and chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup white-wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup dried currants
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • about 2 cups water
  • 1 garlic clove, minced and mashed to a paste with a pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • toast points as an accompaniment
  • In a large saucepan sauté the onions in the oil over moderately high heat, stirring, until they are browned, add the tomato, the vinegar, the currants, the thyme, the parsley, 1 cup of the water, the garlic paste, the sugar, and salt and pepper to taste, and bring the mixture to a boil. Simmer the mixture, adding more water, 1/2 cup at a time, as the liquid evaporates, for 50 minutes, or until the onions are tender. Cook the mixture over high heat, stirring, until the liquid is reduced to a glaze and let it cool. The onion mixture may be made 1 day in advance and kept covered and chilled.
  • Transfer the mixture to a serving dish and serve it with the toast.

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