Sweet Grenadine Caramelized Onions with Goat Cheese

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Here’s another favorite hors d’oeuvre / snack recipe in the Freeman household! Jonathan and I are absolute suckers for caramelized onions, and this recipe takes onion caramelization to an extreme and deliciously decadent level.
The creamy goat cheese topping adds a certain delicious element to the grenadine sweetened onion rings, and you can have fun trying different ratios of cheese crumble to onion pieces.
It’s easy to put together (we were out pulling weeds in the garden while it simmered on the stove!) and once it’s finished, it’s a snap to put together into yummy bite sized pieces. It’s one of those snacks that goes FAST, so if you are making it for a party, I’d seriously consider doubling (or even tripling) the recipe.

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You Will Need:

¼ cup of extra virgin olive oil
½ cup of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
½ teaspoon of black pepper
2 pounds of onion rings, thinly sliced
1 cup of dry red wine
6 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons of grenadine
Goat cheese, crumbled
Crackers or toasted baguette slices

How to Make:

1. In a large saute pan, heat oil on medium-high.
2. Add sugar, salt, pepper and onions. Cook covered for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

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3. Add wine, vinegar and grenadine. Cook for an additional 30 minutes, or until the onions are caramelized and sauce is thick.

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4. Top crackers or toasted baguette slices with caramelized onions and crumbled goat cheese, and enjoy!

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

57 thoughts on “Sweet Grenadine Caramelized Onions with Goat Cheese

    • 2 March, 2015 at 4:08 am
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      When I first discovered this recipe, I wasn’t sure what to think of the combo.. but it really IS yummy!! <3

  • 2 March, 2015 at 8:44 am
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    This looks yummy! Maybe I’ll give it a try but I’m just so lazy in the kitchen…I love eating more than cooking you know? 🙂

    • 2 March, 2015 at 2:43 pm
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      Haha, I get like that too sometimes. 😉

  • 2 March, 2015 at 10:05 am
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    I love caramelized onions… one of my favorite flavors for humus is a caramelized version… I have not been able to find it… I think I will just buy the plain flavor and make it myself… I am not great at making my own humus, I tried it a couple of times… I really like the smell of onions sauteing too… Have a great week ahead Gingi xox

    • 2 March, 2015 at 2:59 pm
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      I make a pretty decent fake humus! lol! When I went on the South Beach Diet, I learned how to make a very chunky chickpea dip that I called humus, but real fans of the dip would probably laugh at me, haha.

  • 2 March, 2015 at 12:07 pm
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    yes please! Goats cheese and caramelised onions is one of my favourite combinations. I would put goats cheese on everything if I could.

    • 2 March, 2015 at 3:40 pm
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      It tastes great, you should try it!!

  • 2 March, 2015 at 1:13 pm
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    Hi Gingi! I’m back. After 2 weeks of sickness taking over my household (and the stomach flu, phew) we have recovered!!! These appetizers look like the perfect way to celebrate a sick free home. I am LOVING your caramelized onions. Seriously getting jealous over them they look so tasty. Could just eat those solo! Hope you are doing well friend at the end of your pregnancy =)

    • 2 March, 2015 at 3:20 pm
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      I was just thinking about you! Stomach flu is no joke! I’m so glad you’re feeling better… how’s your garden coming along? Our weekend got rained out, so I wasn’t able to finish working on my raised bed area.. but my indoor seeds are making me happy, my zinnias sprouted in just 48 hours from being planted! CRAZY! I had no idea they sprouted so fast! Anyhoo, you should try this dish! It’s soooooo yummy!!

  • 2 March, 2015 at 2:24 pm
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    I could eat caramelized onions right out of a jar with a spoon. I use them with a macaroni and cheese that is divine, and I also have a recipe for a deep dish quiche that calls for them. My best trick is to throw the raw onions and seasonings in your slow cooker on low before you go to bed… quick and simple and easy.

    • 2 March, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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      I also love the slow cooker method! Seriously, caramelized onions are the BEST!!

  • 2 March, 2015 at 2:44 pm
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    Delicious savory bites, Gingi! The part, I’m intrigued most is, Red wine caramelized onions! sounds so delicious, Gingi! I often caramelize onion, but with red wine will be first time! would love to try! thanks for sharing! pinning for later!

    • 2 March, 2015 at 3:41 pm
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      If you try it, let me know what you think!

    • 2 March, 2015 at 4:16 pm
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      lol, but they’re so easy to make!!!

  • 2 March, 2015 at 4:58 pm
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    I love this! Thanks a ton for sharing, gorg! Wishing you the best Monday!

    Hope you can stop by my blog, for a fun little giveaway!

    xo. Nicole

    Evolution of Glam

  • 2 March, 2015 at 5:56 pm
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    I’ve only very recently tried goat cheese and love it! Haven’t made caramelized onions before but you make it look so easy, will give it a go soon!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

  • 2 March, 2015 at 6:07 pm
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    For years I avoided caramelizing onions – I thought it was a lot harder than it really is. Now that I’ve started I’m a huge fan!!!
    I haven’t tried goat cheese but I love Feta so I’m sure I will like it.

    • 3 March, 2015 at 3:09 am
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      Yeah, it’s not hard at all! The problem is really just patience!

  • 2 March, 2015 at 7:09 pm
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    Unfortunately I don’t do onions or goat cheese, but your pictures are amazing!

    • 3 March, 2015 at 2:31 am
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      OMG Tamara, what did you just say?! Seriously… we can’t be friends anymore… 😉

  • 2 March, 2015 at 7:31 pm
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    Huge fan of caramelized onions! I love the addition of goat cheese as well!

    • 3 March, 2015 at 3:09 am
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      Goats cheese is a favorite around here too! I love mixing the two (onions and cheese!)..

  • 2 March, 2015 at 10:02 pm
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    Yum! I LOVE carmelized onions. I’d make some sort of nut cheese to put on top, but they’d be dangerous around me because I’d eat them all. So, I have to ask, did the cheese come from your cute little goats? 😉

    • 3 March, 2015 at 2:41 am
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      No, we haven’t tried to make goat cheese yet! It’s on my list of things to do though! When I dive into the world of cheesemaking, I want to do it RIGHT, and invest in the bacterial starters and cheese molds and such. Maybe this summer??

  • 3 March, 2015 at 1:16 pm
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    Yessss- these look awesome! I’m a huge goat cheese fan, so I’m down for this. 🙂

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

  • 3 March, 2015 at 5:04 pm
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    I never had caramelized onions…maybe I should do something about that.

  • 3 March, 2015 at 6:02 pm
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    Amazing how caramelized onions taste so sweet, isn’t it?! Did you know you could freeze them, too? I have with great success so next time, make extra! This is a dynamite combo for appetizers and great with a big bowl of soup for dinner for me! Lovely. Hope you are feeling well your last stretch, Gingi!

    • 3 March, 2015 at 6:47 pm
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      Thanks Lori! And I actually did NOT know you could freeze caramelized onions!! Now I need to make double batches!! Thanks for the info! <3

  • 3 March, 2015 at 6:22 pm
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    Onions & goat cheese combo? Yes, please. Sign me up!

    • 3 March, 2015 at 9:14 pm
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      Yummy, right?! ^_^

  • 3 March, 2015 at 8:40 pm
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    Oh my it sounds like there will be some great food to eat soon! 🙂

    • 4 March, 2015 at 4:45 pm
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      Thanks!

  • 4 March, 2015 at 8:14 pm
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    I love caramelized onions but I’m not a huge fan of goat cheese, I could see doing this with some ricotta though, over even brie. I am definitely trying this and I’m adding it to my Weekly Button Up! I agree that these pictures are gorgeous!

    • 4 March, 2015 at 8:17 pm
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      Try it plain, without the cheese.. it’s still super good! And yay! Thank you for including me!!!

  • 10 March, 2015 at 11:05 am
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    Oooh these look SO GOOD!
    I am not a fan of onions but carmalized onions are divine – adding goats cheese just makes it amazing 😀

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  • 19 March, 2015 at 12:02 am
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    This looks delicious!!! I love goat cheese and onions, so I will be giving this a try for sure 🙂

  • 8 January, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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    So mouth-watering. I Haven’t eaten dinner for now and by looking at these photos, my stomach shouts for food! Woah! I love this blog!

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