Mad Science for Singles: Sherried Pearl Onions Recipe

These sherried pearl onions make a delicious side dish.

Welcome back to my lab, where I’ve been working on scrumptious recipes for singles. If you live alone like me, you probably don’t want to do a bunch of mental math every time you open a cookbook that was designed for a group. But you don’t want to microwave frozen dinners or eat out all the time either. So I’ve prepared the Mad Science for Singles series to make our lives easier — not to mention absolutely delicious. This month I’ve got the perfect addition to your holiday meal or a delectable side dish for tonight’s entrée: sherried pearl onions.

Onions are not only delectable, especially when you bathe them in sherry and draw out their sweetness over the stovetop. They’re also an excellent source of nutrients, such as biotin, manganese, vitamin B6, copper, vitamin C, dietary fiber, phosphorus, potassium, folate and vitamin B1. These can help lower the risk of several types of cancer, improve mood and maintain skin and hair health.

Do try this at home.

So do your health and your taste buds a favor and try my sherried pearl onions. Then mix up the herbs or add them to a hearty stew. Don’t be afraid to create your own mouthwatering mad science!

Sherried Pearl Onions

A flavorful, elegant side dish

1 cup pearl onions (frozen are easiest, just thaw)

2 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon sugar

1/4 cup dry sherry

Melt butter over medium heat and cook onions until golden. Sprinkle with sugar and cook until brown. Add sherry. Cover and cook until warmed through.

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Add your choices of herbs, such as parsley, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper… If you have leftovers, chop up the sherried onions to make a flavorful addition to stews and soups. end

Be sure to browse my current Mad Science for Singles collection for more scrumptious recipes.


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