Pearl Onion Recipes

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Glazed Pearl Onion Crepe Recipe Recipe

Glazed Pearl Onion Crepe Recipe

04.10.14 by Jackie

After watching the "How to Make Crêpe Batter" tutorial,  you'll see how fairly basic it is. As I mentioned in the video, I first learned how to make crêpes in kintergarten back in France, and I haven't forgotten since then. After a little practice, you'll be able to adjust the quantities of liquid (milk, alcohol or citrus juice) by eyeballing until the perfect consistency is reached (see video). 

You can fill the crêpes with many possible ingredients. This savory version contained pearl onions that I glazed in Marsala wine, brown sugar, butter and truffle balsamic vinegar. It wouldn't be the same without a bit of cheese, so I started with a thin layer of Gruyère and topped the onions with a sprinkle of French feta. 


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Creamy Pearl Onion Gratin (Gratin d'Oignons Perles a la Creme) Recipe

Making a gratin d'oignons perlés à la crème requires two steps. First, braise the onions the way you would to cook pearl onion confit, then finish them in the oven as a gratin.

The pearl onion gratin is composed of pearl onions, crème fraîche, thyme, red chili flakes, nutmeg and parmesan. It's a nice accompaniment to poultry. I served it with the roasted pheasant stuffed with sage and Granny Smith apples I made for my 4-course French meal in honor of the movie "Julie and Julia".

One trick to making this dish look great is to use the right serving dish.  I especially like these individual serving dishes, which I got from Staub

Creamy Parmesan Pearl Onion Gratin with Picture


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Indian-Style Pearl Onion Confit Upside-Down Tart (Tarte Tatin de Petits Oignons Perles a l'Indienne) Recipe

The tarte tatin (upside-down tart) was originally made with caramelized apples. It was created by the Tatin sisters at the beginning of the century. The two demoiselles Tatin, Fanny and Caroline, ran a little eatary in a hotel in Sologne, in the countryside of France near Orleans. They were famous for their apple tarts. One day, one of the sisters clumsily forgot to place the puff pastry dough and put the caramelized apple layer first and that's how a fortunate mistake created the trendy dish.

A French way to make an onion confit would be with caramelized onions that were previously boiled in milk but I had some leftover curried pearl onions called do-pyaaza. It's cooked in a generous amount of ghee, yogurt and flavored with ginger-garlic paste and several Indian spices. My fusion result is called a tarte tatin de petits oignons perlés à  l'Indienne.


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