I love caramelizing onions and peppers. It brings out a flavor that just doesn't compare to their regular sauteed versions. They are fantastic on pizzas and of course our favorite, chicken fajitas. As you will see, with a few tips and tricks, you'll have nice soft caramelized veggies in no time and without a ton of oil or added sugar.
Caramelizing Onions and Peppers (without a ton of oil or sugar) Printable Recipe
1 large onion
1 red pepper (or yellow or orange)
1 green pepper
Slice your veggies into 1/4" strips. If your peppers are really tall you will want to cut your peppers in half before cutting the strips. It will make it more uniform to the onion that you will also cut in half. Drizzle a small amount of oil (I used olive oil) into your pan. I prefer a cast iron skillet to cook the veggies. Heat to medium and then add your veggies, toss to coat and then sprinkle on a little bit of salt. Stir again.Allow to cook without stirring until you can move a couple pieces and see it has some browning on it. Stir.
If you find it sticking to the bottom already you can add 1/4 cup of water. I don't use broth or wine here as the flavor concentrates too much for me. I use about 1/4 cup each time I need water.
Continue to stir every little bit and/or add water until the veggies are soft and a beautiful brown color. These continued to brown a bit more after I took it off the heat.
If I use them for pizza I chop my veggies instead of leaving them in slices. It is easier to eat that way. I use peppers and onions with sausage or just onions with BBQ pork. Both are pictured here. Make your own crust, it's easy! Try my Quick Pizza Dough or Grilled Pizza Dough.