Cooking Hack: Easy Oven-Caramelized Onions (Easier than the Stove)
Caramelized onions are easy to make on the stove. However, sometimes I'm worried they will burn. I know you only need to stir them occasionally, but I don't necessarily really want to leave the stove on without paying attention.
I decided to try cooking caramelized onions in the oven...and it worked!
I just put them in a pan and cooked them at 350 degrees for 60-80 min. total. At ~60 min., I took them out and stirred them around and then put them back in for ~20 min. (I probably should have taken them out at around 10 min. or 70 min. total. Haha. :) ) The reason why you have to stir them around and put them back in the oven is because the onions in the middle don't get as much heat and are not cooked as much as the ones on top, on the sides, or on the bottom.
I didn't even put oil or anything. It is not necessarily faster, but the benefit is that you really don't have to watch them at all or worry that they will burn.
I did it both ways in these photos: on the stove and in the oven. The texture is slightly different when you cook them in the oven (vs. on the stove), but it is essentially the same for use in different recipes.
As I mentioned before, also, when I'm making onions, I usually make a bunch and then use them in different recipes to save time on future days.
Give it a try! We are good at this!
Oven-baked caramelized onions (start, 60 min. then stir them around, then 80 min.)
Stove (left) vs. Oven (right)