Love the onions twice

Maybe Jim Morrison of The Doors was thinking of onions when he sang “Love Me Two Times.”

Love me one time
Yeah, my knees got weak
But love me two times, girl
Last me all through the week

If you treat onions well, they’ll return the favor. In this recipe, I let them first mellow out and develop sugars in some sizzling oil. Next, they are joined by some tomatoey friends in a relaxing hot tub to soften and find even more happiness. The onions are grinning ear to ear by the time they hit your plate.

I like this two-step cooking method, especially because all that onion goodness combines so well with the intensity of the roasted tomatoes. Finished with garlic butter, this dish packs a lot of flavor despite the simple ingredients.

Sauteed Garbanzos with Roasted Tomatoes over Whole Wheat Couscous

(makes three servings)

  • 1 Tbs canola oil
  • 1 15 oz can organic garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, medium dice
  • 6 large roasted tomatoes, chopped (recipe here)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 cup whole wheat pearl couscous, cooked per package instructions (I like Riceselect)
  • 2 Tbs compound garlic butter (recipe here)

Heat canola oil over medium high heat, then add the drained garbanzo beans. Cook for two minutes, stirring frequently. Next, add the diced onion with a pinch of salt and pepper. Continue cooking for another three minutes, then add the tomatoes and water. Stir to combine, then cover and adjust heat to a simmer or around medium low. Cook for five minutes, then turn off heat, add in garlic butter, and stir to combine.

Serve over the cooked couscous, garnished with your favorite hot sauce or some fresh herbs.

Compound Garlic Butter

  • 1 stick salted organic butter
  • 2 garlic cloves, smashed and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Heat the olive oil in a pan over medium high heat, then add the garlic with a pinch of salt and pepper. Adjust heat so the garlic is barely sizzling and cook until it becomes translucent, or roughly six minutes.

Let cool, then add to a food processor with the butter and puree until mostly homogeneous.

Transfer to a serving container and chill for later use.

One comment posted

  1. Posted by Merikay - 04/21/2011

    This sounds good. I’m looking for more interesting vegetarian dishes.

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