Since caramelized onions combine sweetness with a savory edge, they can powerfully flavor up everything from salads to pizza to bruschetta. To cut cooking time in half, add a dash of baking soda (1/4 tsp. per pound of onions) to your onions as they sauté. Baking soda raises the pH of the onions, which in turn speeds the chemical reaction that causes onions to brown.
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