Sunday, May 15, 2016

Experimental Cuisine #7 SAY WHAT? Chocolate Covered Onions

Sweet, Buttery Caramelized Sweet Onion Caramel Dipped In Chocolate
In Philadelphia, Pa there is a chocolate shop named Muellers Chocolates in the Reading Terminal Market in Center City that sells Whole Chocolate Covered Onions. They are a novelty item, mostly for tourists.
The Travel Channel's Andrew Zimmern has tasted it even.
But it IS a novelty and no one is supposed to eat it, as its raw and still has the brown skin on it.

About a year ago when I was trying to candy things, I tried to candy onions, something went wrong and the Sulphur in the onions got trapped in the sugar syrup or something and it tasted horrid.

Well last week I was bored and decided to try again.

Somehow my experiment morphed into an onion caramel!
OMG it tastes so good!
Onions have the highest sugar content of any other veggie so they are sweet already but add that caramelized sugar and the butter and heavy cream and it transforms it into a candy.

So I thought that Id make it into balls and cover the balls in chocolate, to make real chocolate covered onions that are NOT novelty items and you can actually eat them and enjoy them.

OMG they are so good!

Lets make the Caramel First

Caramelized Onion Caramel

6 Sweet onions, peeled, trimmed, cut in half
4 cups sugar
1 cup water

Mix the sugar and water in a pot and bring to a boil over high heat, turn to medium and add the onions, cut side down and let simmer 20 minutes. Turn off heat and cover and set aside 24 hours

For 2 days, every 24 hours bring the onions to a boil and add 1 more cup of sugar and let boil 5 mins, cover, turn off heat and let set for 24 hours.

On the 4th day add 1 cup sugar and let it boil on medium, 30 mins until it caramelizes, stirring occasionally to keep the onions from sticking to the bottom,  

Add 2 cups of heavy cream and a stick of butter and let boil more until it thickens and once again turns brown. 

Remove from heat and pour into a pan. Let cool and store in a tub in the fridge.

Lets make the actual Candies


Get a package of Aldi's Moser Roth brand 70% Dark Chocolate and break it all up into in a plastic bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds, stir, microwave again 30 secs, stir.
When it gets to the point where there are still chunks of chocolate in the melted liquid STOP microwaving it and just keep on stirring it until it is completely melted.
This is called TEMPERING. If you melted it until it was completely smooth, it would not get hard at room temp, and youd have to keep it in the fridge.

Now, lets roll balls of the onion caramel.

Get some GREEN toothpicks (or cut green straws) and skewer the balls and dip them in the melted chocolate and place on a plate lined with parchment, to harden.

Then eat.
O-M-G, You Will LOVE them.



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