Caramelized onion mashed potatoes are a quick and easy comfort food side dish to make. This recipe is the perfect pairing for just about any protein!
What are your favorite comfort foods like?
Do you like them when they are sweet, salty, or crunchy? Or would you rather have savory, creamy, and filling foods? Of course, I will never turn away from sweet strawberries, but my favorite kinds of comfort food are meals that stick to my ribs and fill me up.
Or in the case of today’s recipe, not just any kind of mashed potatoes. This time, I made caramelized onion mashed potatoes.
What is caramelized food?
Caramelizing is a cooking technique that is often associated with sugar. When you cook sugar over low heat until the sugar reduces down and turns a golden/amber color, that’s caramelizing it.
Caramelized onions are onions that have been cooked over low heat until the sugar in the onions reduces down, causing the onions to turn a golden/amber color. Caramelizing concentrates the intensity of the sugar in whatever you are cooking. That’s why candy caramels are so sweet, and why caramelized onions are so much sweeter than they are when you just saute them.
These caramelized onion mashed potatoes go really well with hearty meat like ham and beef, but they are also perfect with lighter meats like turkey and chicken. When I made these potatoes, I served them with browned butter chicken. Talk about delicious! I’ll be sharing that chicken recipe tomorrow, so be sure to come back for it.
I hope your family likes this mashed potatoes recipe as much as my family does.