Heirloom Meals: Savoring Yesterday's Traditions Today

Caramelized Pearl Onions or Shallots

Caramelized Pearl Onions


  • 2 lb. onions(shallots or pearl onions work well)
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1 cup Maderia Wine
  • 1 1/2 tbsp honey
  • 3/4 tsp salt


  1. Boil the onions, without peeling, for 5 minutes.
  2. Drain and plunge into cold water.
  3. Pan fry the onions until they are slightly golden, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add Madeira, honey and salt—covering and simmering over low heat for 12-15 minutes.
  5. Simmer until the onions are tender then uncover and cook over medium until liquid is reduced to a glaze and is golden brown.
  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 30 minutes
  • Total time: 40 minutes

Yield: 8-10 servings

Categories: Heirloom Recipes

Tags: Heirloom Meals Thanksgiving, heirloom recipe, Side Dish, dinner