Caramelised Onions

Prep time: 5 mins
Cook time: 45 mins
Makes: 3½ cups


  • 6 red onions
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ground black pepper


  1. Peel onions and cut into thin wedges. Place all the ingredients into a large pot and bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently, stirring now and then, for about 40-45 minutes until the liquid has all but evaporated and the onions are very soft. During the final steps of cooking take care that the onions don’t catch and burn. Give them a stir now and then.
  2. Remove from the heat and cool before storing in the fridge in a covered container. Serve at room temperature or reheat in a small pan. Onions will keep, covered, in the fridge for a week.