I’ve been experimenting with a new base for fat-free sauces and dressings, and it has opened up so many new possibilities to me that I wanted to share it with you before I start inundating you with recipes that use it. It contains 3 ingredients, no soy or nuts, and is gluten-free. It’s called Fat-Free Onion Cream and is so easy to make that a video can sum it up. So I made one:
It’s ridiculously easy and ridiculously good (if you like onions–more about that in a minute).
Onion Cream is not a neutral sauce, so please don’t try to use it in sweet dishes. It tastes like onions. When you roast them, your whole house will smell like onions. So if you have onion-haters, tell them to get the heck out of the house while you’re making this. I love onions and the smell of roasted onions, so I was pretty much rolling around my kitchen floor like my cat Loki in catnip garden.
So far I’ve made a great Fat-Free Onion Ranch Dressing that I have just shared, and I have many more bright ideas for this cream that I’ll be testing. But while I’m playing with it, I thought you could be too. So here’s the recipe. Be sure to leave a comment letting me know what you do with it.
- 4 medium onions
- 3 teaspoons lemon juice, or to taste
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking dish with parchment paper, if you like, to make cleanup easier. Place the onions in the dish and bake until soft all the way through. If you’re using a metal pan with no parchment, 45 minutes may be enough but for ceramic dishes, be prepared to add more time. Onions should be darkened on the outside and almost squishy.
- Allow the onions to cool until they’re comfortable to handle. Peel onions and discard peel and any discolored parts. Place onion “innards” in a high-powered blender along with lemon juice and salt. Blend until silky smooth. Check flavor and add more lemon juice or salt if necessary.
- Use to add creaminess and flavor to soups (such as tomato soup) and other dishes or as the base for salad dressings and sauces, like my Fat-Free Onion Ranch. Makes about 1 cup.
You can increase the richness by blending in a few cashews, but then it's no longer fat-free.
Adapted from Food 52.