Soft and caramelized from the bottom up, my brand spanking new Cajun-style slow roasted onions are just as delicious as they are beautiful. Thick-sliced onions, sprinkled with salt, black pepper and cayenne. Topped with an herb and spice infused olive oil/butter mixture. Then, slow baked to soft, rich side dish rounds that literally melt in your mouth as they soothe your tired soul. Screaming loud yep and yay...
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This One's the Onion Side Dish of Champions, Y'all...
I always have one eye open for a 'something old' ingredient that I can cook into something brand spanking new. A few weeks ago, I challenged myself to make something totally new with a bag of carrots. So, I transformed them into cayenne maple glazed carrots.
And, the experiment was soooo successful that I challenged myself to do it over again. I was fresh off of the victory heels of the carrot side dish that we've already eaten again since I posted the recipe. So, my confidence was high and my motivation was rock-solid.
I walked around our humble kitchen analyzing ingredients. And suddenly my eyes fell upon a three-pound bag of onions. I usually use the onions for my roux, of course. Or, in any number of my original or re-created recipes with south Louisiana flair.
So, I suddenly found myself really, really ready to do something new with the onions. After much back and forth in my head, I decided to try my hand at creating a baked onions recipe. It had to have a nod to my south Louisiana motherland for sure. And, it had to be substantial enough to stand on its own as a side dish, as I was only going to serve it with roasted chicken and a tomato salad.
I took my time planning out the Cajun-style slow roasted onions recipe. I used all of my favorite ingredients, and I exercised caution every step of the way, so that I wouldn't waste my time and my food. And neither would y'all. Yep.
And to tell y'all the truth, you can taste the restraint I used in every single bite of this dish. From the caramelized bottoms to the baked-in-herb tops to the soft-as-butta middle, these Cajun-style slow roasted onions are the stuff vegetable side dish dreams are made of!!
How to Make Cajun-Style Slow Roasted Onions
Start the Cajun-style slow roasted onions by preheating the oven to 300 degrees F. Then, peel the onions. And remove the tough outer flesh of each one. Trust me, you DON'T want to bite into that. It just won't cook down like the more tender inner onion flesh. So, take the extra step and go deeper down into the onion:
Then, lay the thick onions in an even layer along the bottom of your well-greased cast iron skillet, and season liberally with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper:
Now, put celery, and red and green bell pepper pieces into your food processor. And give her a whirl:
Then pour the mixture into a large bowl. Add the remaining Cajun-style slow roasted onion flavoring ingredients into the bowl:
And give it a good stir:
Then pour it over the seasoned onion slices. And pop it into the low temp oven:
And breathe in deeply, y'all!! Cause the escaping oven aromas are going to have you straight beside yourself before you know it. Yep. It slowly creeps a little at a time. A faint oniony-pepper whiff here. A buttery-parsley smell tease there. Then, as the Cajun-style slow roasted onions get close to optimal doneness, the deep, rich caramelization bits release their essence.
So, it's all you can do to wait another second before they're all done!!! Yay!!
But, once you taste the deep, caramelized flavor bombs and the literal melt-in-your-mouth, almost candy-like texture, you'll know that these beauties were definitely worth the wait. Richly seasoned with a tantalizing cayenne backbite, these best ever onion side dish are certainly company and holiday party-worthy. Yep, but they're so easy and addictively satisfying that they're worth the two-person dinner effort any day of the week.
Share these Cajun-style slow roasted onions with those who'll taste your pure, sweet love for them in every low-and-slow, sassy bite. And see y'all on the yum side...
Cajun-Style Slow Roasted Onions
- 3 to 4 yellow onions
- ⅓ cup red and green bell pepper strips
- ¼ cup celery
- ⅓ cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon Louisiana hot sauce
- ¼ teaspoon gluten free liquid smoke
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh celery leaves, minced, optional
- salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.
- Peel the onions, then remove the outer edges of each onion's flesh. See post.
- Cut each onion into thick circular slices. Arrange onion slices in a single layer in a well-greased enameled cast iron skillet.
- Sprinkle the slices liberally with salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper.
- Place the red and green bell pepper strips and the celery into the bowl of your food processor. Pulse the mixture until finely chopped, then pour into a large bowl.
- Pour the remaining ingredients into the bowl with the minced veggies.
- Stir until well-combined.
- Pour the mixture evenly over the onion slices.
- Bake uncovered for 1 ¼ to 1 ½ hours, using a spoon to pour the olive oil/butter herb mixture in the bottom of the pan over the onions approximatley every 20 minutes.
- Serve immediately, or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
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