Three-Onion Ragout

This versatile side dish goes with grilled or roasted poultry, pork or meaty fish.

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  • Servings: 8

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  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large Vidalia or other sweet onions, cut into 16 wedges each
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 bunches of scallions, cut into 1 1/2 -inch lengths
  • 2 medium red onions, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons port

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Brush a large shallow baking sheet with 1/2 tablespoon of the olive oil. Spread the onion wedges on the pan, drizzle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake for about 25 minutes, or until soft but not brown.

  2. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the scallions and season with salt and pepper. Cover and cook over high heat, stirring frequently, until tender but still green, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

  3. Heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of oil in the skillet. Add the red onions and cook over moderate heat, stirring often, until soft but not colored, about 25 minutes. Stir in the vinegar and cook until nearly evaporated, about 1 minute. Add the port and cook for 1 minute longer.

  4. Just before serving, combine the cooked onions and scallions in the skillet and rewarm over moderate heat. Transfer to a bowl and serve.

Make Ahead

The recipe can be prepared through Step 3 up to 1 day ahead; refrigerate the onions separately.

Contributed By Published September 1998

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