Sweet-and-Sour Pearl Onions

Cipolline in Agrodolce

Preparation info
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    • Difficulty


Appears in
Sephardic Flavors: Jewish Cooking of the Mediterranean

By Joyce Goldstein

Published 2000

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You can serve these Venetian sweet-and-sour pearl onions hot or at room temperature. Note the classic Levantine addition of pine nuts and raisins.


  • pounds small white, yellow, or red onions, each about 1 inch in diameter
  • 6


Trim the root ends of the onions carefully, leaving the bottom of each bulb intact. Cut a cross in each root end to prevent the onion from telescoping during cooking. Bring a large saucepan filled with water to a boil. Add the onions and boil until cooked but still firm, 5 to 10 minutes, depending upon their size. Drain and, when cool enough to handle, slip off the skins.

Warm the butte