Cipollini onions are a smaller, flat onion. There are yellow & red varieties. They are sweeter onions, having more residual sugar than garden-variety white or yellow onions, but not as much as shallots.
Their size & shape makes them great for roasting. Their sweetness also makes them perfect for caramelized onions.
Roasted Cipollini Onions I
Preheat oven to 325°F. Melt butter in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add whole peeled onions and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer to oven and roast, tossing occasionally, until deeply caramelized and tender, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.
Roasted Cipollini Onions II
Preheat oven to 375°. Wrap whole peeled onions in aluminum foil with a little olive oil & salt & pepper. (herbs optional) Place on oven rack and roast for 25-30 minutes. *Optional - when done roasting squeeze fresh lime juice over the onions.
If you are not a big onion fan, definitely try roasting them. You will change your mind about them guaranteed!
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