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Have you ever eaten something that is really good,but still needs a certain "Je ne sais quoi" to push it right over the top to heavenly deliciousness? Well, now I "sais quoi" or in other words, I know what that something is! That something is pickled onions!
Don't be shocked! If you were like me, when I was young I could take or leave onions. They were strong tasting, made my eyes water when I chopped them, and gave me bad breath. But, as my taste buds have matured, I have learned that a burger isn't a burger without a slice of onion and if I refrigerate my onions, the eye burning isn't such a problem. (Also, I can brush my teeth and use mouthwash to cure the breath issue.) So many casseroles and other recipes just wouldn't taste right without that onion flavor added to them. So, needless to say, I have come to love the onion.
While Maddy and I were at Disneyland recently, we discovered a really good restaurant there called The Red Rose Tavern. (You can read about it in this post.) They serve a Beef Poutine in that place that is so delicious. I have been working on a copy cat recipe for it! But, before I share the entire recipe, I wanted to share with you the thing that topped it off so perfectly, and that is pickled onions!
Here is a poutine preview! Those pickled onions were freshly made about an hour before serving. They become less crisp if they pickle for a day or two, but they are delicious either way. My Son-in-law would call this hipster poutine because it is nontraditional. Since I am not Canadian, nontraditional is fine with me. It is so good anyway.
I know that pickled onions have been around for awhile, but it was on the Poutine that I first noticed them. They seemed to lift the dish to a higher level. Since then, I have noticed them being used in so many places! They are often on sandwiches at sandwich shops . They are terrific on salads, on burgers, or even in tacos. I haven't tried them on hot dogs yet, but I can only imagine how good they would taste! They are so easy to make that they are now becoming a staple condiment in my refrigerator. Here is how I make them:
I hope that you give these a try! They are easy, economical and the perfect accompaniment for so many dishes!
Now that you have the Pickled Onion Recipe, you are ready to get the rest of the Poutine recipe! Check back for that soon!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!