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Small White Onions Glazed

Cucina con VistaThis recipe comes from Elena Mattei who runs her own cooking school and restaurant in Italy called Cucina con Vista.

Cucina con Vista was born out of the experience which Elena has gained since 1987 from the management of her restaurant 'La Baraonda' in Florence. Just a few years after beginning the business, she began to find that clients were not only interested in tasting the dishes that were on offer at her restaurant every evening, but also in experimenting in the art of Tuscan cookery at home.

Elena's idea is not only to teach Tuscan cookery but also to give participants the chance to feel Tuscan by integrating the lessons with activities linked to the local life and culture. To find out more have a look at her web site <click here>


1 kilogram of small white onions
100 grams of butter
5 tablespoon of sugar
one bouillon cube
2 glasses of water

  • Put the onions in a wide, shallow sauté pan, large enough to accommodate them all in one layer, over high heat.
  • Add the water, butter, bouillon cube and sugar. Cover the pan with a lid and cook for about 10 minutes.
  • Take off the lid, take out the onions and continue cooking the liquid until it evaporates watching it closely.
  • A caramel will be formed when all the water has evaporated and the sugar is lightly burnt. At this point, put the onions immediately back into the pan and stir for a few minutes.

These glazed onions can be served either hot or cold as a side dish to roast meats.

Serves 6

Cucina con Vista