Last month I made my quarterly jaunt to Louisiana for work and went to Charcoal’s Gourmet Burger Bar with my cousin Primo. Charcoal’s has a pretty awesome menu; they specialize in exotic meat burgers and some pretty fun topping/cheese options. I got an antelope burger with arugula, Midnight Moon gouda, tomato, jalapeno, praline bacon, and Abita root beer caramelized onions.
My tall order.
The burger was so-so—a little lean and dry, even with 30% pork mixed into the blend. C’est la vie. But the combination of the jalapenos and the caramelized onions was fantastic. The praline bacon was fairly tasty too, though Primo & I are both fairly sure we can create a better version (stay tuned)…
So when I got back home, I definitely wanted to take a whack at the caramelized onions. Again, we were grilling (we have a surplus of brats in the house as we got a great deal on a case from our food distributor) and I wanted something a little different to go on top. Like…root beer onions!!!
1/2 bottle Abita root beer (if you don’t have Abita, you can absolutely try it with a different brand)
salt & pepper
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 onion, sliced into thin rings
Pretty simple. Heat your sauce pan over medium-high & add onions. Season lightly with salt & pepper. Then add the root beer. Stir occasionally & cook for 10-15 minutes or until the liquid has evaporated.
And you’ll end up with these beauties!
Serve over brats, burgers, steak, grilled portabellas—whatever floats your fancy. They’re deliciously sweet, so pair with something that has a little bite to it—spicy mustard, jalapenos, or a tart cheese like goat, blue, or feta.
Oh…and use the rest of that Abita root beer to make yourself a float!!!