Recipe courtesy of Mario Batali
Show: Molto Mario
Episode: I Love Ischia
Sweet and Sour Onions---Cipolline Agrodolce


  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds small white cipolline onions
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper to taste


In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine all ingredients, cover, and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook 40 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally so that the onions don't stick to the bottom of the pan. The onions should be easily penetrated with a paring knife but should not be falling apart.

Remove the lid and continue to cook until the liquid has evaporated and the onions are glossy and dark brown, taking care not to burn. Remove from heat and serve.

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