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Creamed Pearl Onions
- Active Time:1 1/4 hr
- Start to Finish:2 hr
- 3 lb white peark onions
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 5 whole cloves
- About 4 cups water
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
Blanch onions in a large pot of boiling water 2 minutes, then drain and peel.
Heat butter in a deep 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until foam subsides, then cook onions, stirring occasionally, until golden in patches, about 8 minutes. Add sugar, salt, cloves, and enough water to cover onions and simmer, covered, until onions are tender but not falling apart, 25 to 30 minutes. Boil onions, uncovered, until liquid is reduced to about 1/2 cup, about 20 minutes more.
Stir in cream and simmer, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Discard cloves, then season with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley just before serving.
- Onions can be blanched and peeled 2 days ahead and chilled, covered.
- Creamed pearl onions can be made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat in a heavy saucepan over low heat, or in a microwave, stirring occasionally.