Monday, July 5, 2010

Blue Cheese Caramelized Onions

The 4th of July is a day filled with patriotic music, bad American flag t-shirts, classic American food, and a lot of fireworks.  Today was definitely an Independence Day to remember for me! I spent it with a great friend of mine, cooking, drinking, and then enjoying a free festival in Knoxville's World Fair park.

My dear friend Emily and I have known each other since my sophomore year of high school.  She was a year older than me, so I really didn't know her outside of band (we both played clarinet).  Then, the following summer, she "left" the band, which made me the section leader.  And sure enough - she decided to come back, which kicked me out of my position.  I hated her for about 2 days and then we became great friends! How ironic. And now we both attend school at Tennessee and enjoy our time together.  We love cooking! And of course eating :) and she appreciates my growth as an experimental chef (because she gets to enjoy the products of my experiments!!).

Today we decided to make blue cheese burgers last minute, and we both wanted caramelized onions with them.  So here's what I came up with.

Blue Cheese Caramelized Onions
1/2 medium red onion, sliced
1 tbsp butter
1 tsp olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1/2 tbsp blue cheese crumbles
Splash of white wine (I used a Gewurztraminer we just so happened to be drinking)

Melt the butter down and then add the red onion and olive oil and stir.  Turn down the heat to a medium heat to prevent burning.  Add the salt and pepper and then stir.
About 10 minutes before serving, add in the blue cheese and allow it to melt.  Once the cheese is melted, add the wine and stir.  Allow the wine to reduce before topping your burgers.

Sorry no pictures today! I didn't have my camera, but I can assure you the onions were fantastic :) I could have eaten them by themselves!

1 comment:

  1. Isn't funny how some friendships start out? I would just about die if I had a bowl of these in front of me. I adore caramelized onions, and I can only imagine how great the blue cheese must make my favorites!