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Recipes Tagged with “onion”

Scallion Pancakes

side dish chinese onion


  • 400 g all-purpose flour
  • 280 g cold water
  • two large bunches of green onions
  • 2x heaping tbsp. (4 g) of salt
  • 2x 3 tbsp. vegetable oil


Mix the water into the flour in a bowl. The dough will be soft and extremely sticky, but try to knead it anyway in the bowl until the bowl starts to come clean and you feel the dough hardening. Don’t add extra flour; it’ll come together and stop sticking eventually. When it does, clean your hands and split the dough in half.

On a floured surface, smooth each half of the dough into a nice ball. Cover with a wet cloth and let it rest for 20 minutes.

While you wait, prepare your green onions. Cut them first vertically into halves or fourths, then mince them as finely as you can.

After 20 minutes pass, gently roll out the dough into rounds on a floured surface. (Keep re-flouring your surface as you go so you ensure it doesn’t stick.) You should be able to roll it out evenly very thin, 1 or 2mm and maybe a half-meter wide.

Sprinkle the surface evenly with a heaping tbsp. of salt. Lightly roll the dough to stick the salt down into it. Spread the oil out over the center of the dough, leaving a margin around the edge. To get the oil out to the edges of the dough, fold the sides over into the middle and then unfold them again. Keep folding and unfolding the dough until the oil is evenly distributed.

Scatter the chopped green onions over the surface of the dough, something like 1/3 to 1/2 cup.

Now, roll the dough tightly into a tube. Seal up the ends. Then, twist the dough (don’t pull it while twisting) so that it looks rather like a rope. Coil the rope into a single coil, about two layers thick (think soft-serve ice cream spiral).

(Repeat all of that above again, for the other ball of dough.)

Cover the two dough-coils with a damp cloth again, and rest for another 20 minutes.

On an oiled work surface, take one of the coils and mush it straight down flat, until it’s about 1cm thick.

Heat your non-stick pan over medium heat for quite a while to get its temperature up. Cook on one side until the bottom is nicely golden-brown in spots. Flip it, and cover the pan with a lid. Keep checking the bottom. When it’s colored, too, pick the pancake up and throw hell out of it flat into the skillet. Flip it over and do the same thing again on the other side. This helps create the interior layers.

Now you should add around 1/4 c. of oil to the pan and turn up the heat, which will start to deep-fry the outside. Flip it occasionally, cooking until the outside is fully golden-brown. Remove to a paper towel to drain, quarter, and eat!

培仁蔬食MAMA on YouTube, transcribed sort of

Onion Mushroom Tarte Tatin

main course side dish appetizer onion pie mushroom


  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 or 5 small yellow onions, cut in half through ends
  • 8 ounces frozen/defrosted puff pastry dough
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, preferably a mix, such as chanterelles, king trumpet and oyster, stemmed, rinsed well and chopped if large
  • 1/2 cup walnut halves
  • 6 ounces blue cheese, preferably Cabrales


Heat the oil in a 9-inch, heavy, ovenproof skillet (not nonstick) over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, arrange the onion halves around the pan, cut sides down, with their stem ends pointing toward the center. Place one at the center of the pan. Reduce the heat to medium-low; cook for about 20 minutes, until softened and colored slightly on the bottom.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Unfold the puff pastry dough and roll out between two sheets of wax paper or parchment paper to a thin, 10-inch round; it’s okay if a foldover seam is showing or if the dough is not completely smooth.

Sprinkle the brown sugar around the pan with the onions, then season lightly with salt. Once the brown sugar looks like it is melting into the oil, distribute the mushroom pieces and walnuts around, using them to fill in nooks and crannies. Remove from the heat.

Follow suit with the pinches of the blue cheese, dotting the pan with them.

Discard the top parchment from the puff pastry dough. Invert the dough over the contents of the pan, pressing and tucking the dough around the edges in the pan. Transfer to the oven; roast (middle rack) for 25 to 35 minutes, turning the pan from front to back halfway through to promote even pastry browning.

The pastry should look flaky and nicely browned, with a mixure underneath that you can hear sizzling. Transfer to a wire rack to cool for 5 minutes, then invert a serving plate over the pastry.

Carefully invert the pan to reveal the tarte tatin; if some pieces do not quite make the transfer, just pop them back into place, straightening up the onions etc, as needed. The mixture should be nicely caramelized; if not, slide the tarte tatin onto a foil-lined baking sheet and roast for another 5 minutes or so.

Cut into wedges; serve warm.


Rigatoni alla Genovese

main course italian onion pasta


  • 2.2 lb (1 kg) yellow onions, finely chopped
  • 3/4 lb. ground beef or pork
  • 2 tbsp. garlic
  • 1/2 lb. rigatoni
  • 3/4 c. shaved parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 c. cream
  • 1/4-1/2 c. dry white wine
  • olive oil


Liberally coat the bottom of a heavy bottom sauce pot with olive oil. Add all the onions, coat with more olive oil and a liberal amount of salt. Stir to combine. Cover and heat on medium for 40 minutes, stirring every 10-20 minutes. If the onions are completely translucent and a good amount of liquid has appeared, stir in the meat and garlic. Stir hard and long to completely break apart the meat and combine it with the onions. Cover and simmer on very low for 2-3 hours, stirring every 30 mins or so.

Bring a pot of salted water to boil, cook the rigatoni until al dente.

While the pasta cooks, deglaze the pot with the wine, stir to combine and turn the heat to medium-low to cook off the wine. Reduce heat back to very low, stir the cream into the sauce, and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Drain the pasta and add it to the sauce, stirring to combine. Spoon the pasta onto plates and cover each with 1/4 cup shaved parmesan.

Raymond’s Food, edited


main course lentil mediterranean onion rice


  • 2 pounds onions, halved and sliced crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick pieces
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
  • 1 cup plain whole-milk yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 1/2 ounces (1 1/4 cups) green or brown lentils, picked over and rinsed
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups rice
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro


Toss onions and salt together in large bowl. Microwave for 5 minutes. Rinse thoroughly, transfer to paper towel–lined baking sheet, and dry well. Heat onions and oil in Dutch oven over high heat, stirring frequently, until onions are golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Reserve 3 tbsp. of the oil from cooking the onions. Drain onions in colander set in large bowl. Transfer onions to paper towel–lined baking sheet to drain.

Whisk the next four ingredients together in bowl. Refrigerate while preparing rice and lentils.

Bring lentils, 4 cups water, and 1 teaspoon salt to boil in medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cook until lentils are tender, 15 to 17 minutes. Drain and set aside. While lentils cook, place rice in medium bowl and cover by 2 inches with hot tap water; let stand for 15 minutes.

Using your hands, gently swish rice grains to release excess starch. Carefully pour off water, leaving rice in bowl. Add cold tap water to rice and pour off water. Repeat adding and pouring off cold tap water 4 to 5 times, until water runs almost clear. Drain rice in fine-mesh strainer.

Heat reserved onion oil, garlic, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, allspice, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, and cayenne in Dutch oven over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add rice and cook, stirring occasionally, until edges of rice begin to turn translucent, about 3 minutes. Add 2 1/4 cups water, sugar, and 1 teaspoon salt and bring to boil. Stir in lentils, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until all liquid is absorbed, about 12 minutes.

Off heat, remove lid, fold dish towel in half, and place over pot; replace lid. Let stand for 10 minutes. Fluff rice and lentils with fork and stir in cilantro and half of crispy onions. Transfer to serving platter, top with remaining crispy onions, and serve, passing yogurt sauce separately.


Creamed Peas and Onions

side dish onion peas vegetarian


  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 pound pearl onions (about 2 cups), peeled, trimmed, or 1 pound frozen pearl onions, thawed
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1½ teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 2 pounds bags frozen peas, thawed
  • ¼ cup crème fraîche, whole-milk Greek yogurt, or sour cream


Bring milk, cloves, and bay leaf to a boil in a small saucepan; reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes to let flavors meld. Strain into a medium bowl; discard solids. Cover milk and keep warm. Meanwhile, place onions in a large skillet (at least 12”). Add water to half-cover the onions (about 1 cup). Add 1 Tbsp. butter, 1 tsp. salt, and sugar. Cook over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally, until liquid has evaporated and onions are golden brown, about 12 minutes. Gently transfer onions to a large plate. Melt remaining 2 Tbsp. butter in same skillet over medium heat; add flour and whisk to combine. Cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan, for 1 minute. Whisk in reserved milk, adding ¼-cupful at a time. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened and bubbly. Stir in remaining ½ tsp. salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Add peas and onions; stir until heated through. Gently fold in crème fraîche.

Bon Appetit, November 2012

Vidalia Onion Pie

main course side dish onion pie untested


  • 3 vidalia onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 c. unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
  • pinch paprika
  • 1 tbsp. hot sauce
  • 9" pie shell, baked
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmsean for topping


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a medium skillet, cook onions in butter for about 10 minutes, or until clear and soft; stir often. Reserve juices.

In a large bowl, mix onions with eggs and sour cream. Stir in onion juices, butter and cheese. Add salt and pepper and hot sauce to taste. Make sure all ingredients are well blended and then pour into the pie shell.

Sprinkle grated cheese and paprika on top of pie. Bake in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Lower temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) and bake for an additional 30 to 40 minutes, or until lightly browned on top. Let cool for a few minutes to settle before slicing.

Serves 8, one 9" pie