Cipollini onions (pronounced chip-oh-lee-knee) are undeniably the cutest sibling in the Allium family. The bite-size bulbs just beg to be popped in your mouth one after the next. Here they are lightly browned, then bathed in a red wine vinegar and honey reduction and cooked until they nearly melt in your mouth. The glaze brings out the onions' natural sweetness and a scattering of slivered almonds adds crunch to complete the dish.
GLAZED CIPOLLINI ONIONS WITH ALMONDS
1 lb cippolini onions
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
salt and pepper, to taste
slivered almonds, for garnish
1. To remove the cipollini skins: Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and blanch onions for about a minute. Drain and let cool; peel away skins.
2. Heat oil over medium in a cast-iron skillet. Add peeled cipollinis and saute until lightly browned, about 4-5 minutes. Add honey and vinegar; stir to coat. Top off with enough water to cover the onions and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the liquid is reduced to a glaze (about 20-30 minutes).
3. Add salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with slivered almonds.
For a tasty open-face sandwich: Slice the onions and serve atop hearty multi-grain toast schmeared with cottage cheese.
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