Peas with Caramelized Red Onions & Balsamic Vinegar

Entrees would be nothing (well, not as good) without delicious side dishes. I grow a lot of peas each summer and we eat them all winter long. But peas with salt and butter are pretty plain so I like to jazz things up from time to time. Peas with caramelized red onions & balsamic vinegar are a great way to serve peas in a new way.

Peas with Caramelized Red Onions & Balsamic Vinegar

 

This recipe is super easy and fast. Just cut thin slices of red onion (for the two of use I use about 6 slices) and melt butter in a skillet. Toss the onions in with the butter over medium high heat and let the onions caramelize. I use my cast iron skillet and it doesn’t take more than about 10 minutes to cook them. I like some pieces pretty dark and others just a nice caramel color.

Peas with Caramelized Red Onions & Balsamic Vinegar

Next I add in a couple of teaspoons of balsamic vinegar and stir it to coat the onions.

Finally I add the peas right in the skillet and stir them gently to coat them. I only cook them for a couple of minutes; just enough to get the peas nice and hot.

Peas with Caramelized Red Onions & Balsamic Vinegar

I season them with a little salt and pepper and they’re ready to serve! Easy peasy, right? Get it?

Peas with Caramelized Red Onions & Balsamic Vinegar

Peas with Caramelized Red Onions & Balsamic Vinegar

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced thin and then cut in half
  • 1 – 2 tablespoons butter (I start with 1 and add the second if I need it)
  • 3 – 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cups peas (fresh or frozen)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Directions:

  1. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Add sliced onions and cook until caramelized (10 – 12 minutes).
  3. Add balsamic vinegar and stir to coat onions.
  4. Add peas and gently stir to coat with vinegar.
  5. Cook until peas are hot (2 minutes).

 

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