Lately I´m really into recipes, either from cookbooks or blogs…One blog I really love is Macrochef. I decided to finally give a try to this promising recipe…baked onions, mmmm, how could one go wrong?!
I peeled two large onions (keeping most of the bottoms and tops intact), cut them in half width-wise and placed them cut side up into a silicone baking form. Then I poured a mixture of 1/2 tsp sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of mirin and 1 tsp of shoyu over them and sprinkled lightly with sea salt. I filled the bottom of the form with 1 1/2 cups of hot water, covered the form tightly with tin foil and popped the onions into the oven for a whole hour and a half (!), on 220°C. When I took off the foil they looked a bit too steamed to me and since I wanted a bit of a roasted texture, I let them bake uncovered for maybe 15 minutes more.
When I uncovered the onions, there was a lot of leftover water/juice which I poured into a cup (it was almost a cup of liquid so I added a little more water to have one cup exactly), transferred the liquid into a saucepan, added 1 tbsp mirin, 1 tsp shoyu, a few drops of ume vinegar, 1 tsp grated ginger juice and 2 tbsp shiro miso, and whisked well until smooth. I brought the sauce to boil and then added 2 tsp of arrowroot starch diluted in 1/4 cup of cold water. I whisked the starch carefully into the sauce to not create lumps and then simmered for a couple of minutes until it thickened. When I took the pan off the flame, I stirred in 2 tbsp of tahini and 2 chopped up spring onions.
I served the sauce over the onions, with a side of rice and rye. I also had a blanched salad (separately blanched and then mixed green beans, spring onion, curly cabbage, green cabbage, parsley root, parsnip, celery stalk, red radish and kohlrabi). For the salad I made a light dressing of 1/2 tsp shiro miso, 1/2 tsp natural mustard and 1 tsp rice malt.
Overall it was a very tasty dish, I enjoyed the onion meal very much. I just should note that this recipe makes a LOT of sauce, so I ate it the next day on top of a couple of my meals 😀 But there´s nothing wrong with extra sauce, right…