Easy Potato Recipe with Caramelized Onions
This easy potato recipe goes great with almost any main dish. I have even served it as a main dish on its' own by adding the optional grated cheese to the recipe. This is simple to throw together at the end of a busy day.
Here's a brilliant idea…. double or triple the onions and store the caramelized onions in a closed container in the fridge. You can top pizza with the onions (spread the onions over the pizza sauce, crumble feta cheese over top and bake), make a quick onion quiche or even serve them as a side relish to any meal.
5 potatoes, peeled
2 or 3 medium onions, peeled
3 tbsp. olive oil
4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp. brown sugar OR honey OR molasses
Salt to taste (sea salt or "kosher" salt works best)
Pepper to taste
1 tsp. dried thyme OR 2-3 sprigs fresh thyme
Optional: grated cheese or crumbled feta cheese
1. Slice the potatoes thinly.
2. Slice the onions thinly
3. Place the potato slices in a pot and cover with water. Cook over medium heat until the potato slices are almost done – ala dente – about 3/4 cooked.
4. Once the potatoes are cooked, drain well and set aside.
5. Heat the olive oil in a pan. Add the onion slices.
6. Add the thyme to the onions and continue cooking.
7. When the onions are soft, stir in the brown sugar/honey/molasses. By now you have been tending the onions for about 15 minutes.
8. Stir in the balsamic vinegar cover the pan. Let the onions continue to cook for another 8-10 minutes but check often and give them a stir to ensure they don't stick to the bottom of the pan.
Okay, so now we are going to assemble this easy potato recipe and pop it in the oven.
Take a round, oven proof pan. I once tried to make this in a silicone pan – it worked but I don't recommend it for this recipe. I like to use a glass or Pyrex baking pan.
Using cooking spray or a bit of olive oil, grease the bottom and sides of the pan. Line the bottom of the pan with half of the potato slices. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread the caramelized onions over the potato slices and then place the rest of the potatoes over the top. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste.
Before placing the dish in the over, press down on the casserole – you can use a weight to do this like a heavy platter. Cover with tin foil and bake at 200C (400F) for 30 minutes. At this stage, you can add the optional cheese to the top of the casserole. Continue baking uncovered for another ten minutes.