Roasted Pearl Onions with White Wine and Thyme


  • 80 pearl onions
  • 2 cups beef broth
  • 2 sticks of butter
  • 4tbs lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1tbs of fresh thyme
  • 1/2 cup of white wine
  • Small bunch of parsley as garnish (curly or flat leaf)
This is a delicious side dish. The recipe calls for 80 pearl onions to feed a crowd. However you may adjust the recipe proportionately for a regular meal. Pearl onions are notoriously hard to peel.So here is the easy way. Place the onions in boiling water for 30 seconds, then remove them a place in a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. Using a small knife you may easily remove the skins from the onions. Remember leave the root end intact so the onions stay whole during cooking.
  • In a large skillet melt butter, and add  sugar and the onions and saute lightly. Cook until caramelized about 15 minutes.
  •  Add lemon juice thyme and white wine and beef stock. cook uncovered in a 350 degree oven until liquid reduces.
  • You can cook these onions in batches to make it a little more manageable.
  • Note: You may also add a cream sauce to the onions once the liquid had reduced by making a light roux, mixing 1 part flour and 1 part butter., and stirring  on medium heat for 3 minutes then adding half and half  and sour cream to make the sauce.

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