Braised Cipollini Onions with Dried Cherries

While we were prepping these onions (and by prepping them I mean peeling the skins off each individual small onion) I thought, “This dish had better be good.”  It’s not exactly a favorite kitchen task, peeling onions.  I am very grateful when someone is willing to do it for me.

Braised Cipollini Onions with Dried Cherries

Spoiler alert is that YES this dish is very delicious, and erased any cipollini (or cippoline, both correct I think) peeling peevishness that lingered.  It was so good in fact that Mandy (my part time kitchen right hand, and a talented chef and food stylist in her own right) and I ate a large portions of the onions on their own as the day went on, and then split the leftovers to pair with something else later in the week.  Or just be lunch.  Either way.

I used dried cherries because that’s what I had and they are my favorite of the dried fruit family (again, I think), but you can use dried cranberries if you wish.  They’re cheaper and ubiquitous.  And another time I might use those little pearl onions instead of cipollini onions, which will be a bigger pain the butt to peel, but would look super cute.

Braised Cipollini Onions with Dried Cherries

A wonderful sweet and sour preparation for these charming little onions.

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What to Serve with Braised Cipolline Onions

These tiny braised onions make a holiday table look very holiday-ish.  And they go with EVERYTHING.  Well maybe not a stir fry but almost anything to you would serve for the holidays, and more.  Roast beef, turkey, chicken, you name it, these delicious onions with elevate the dish for sure.

Braised Cipollini Onions with Dried Cherries

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Braised Cipollini Onions with Dried Cherries

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Braised Cipollini Onions with Dried Cherries

Cipollini in Agrodolce, a wonderful sweet and sour preparation for these charming little onions.
Yield: 6 People
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes


  • ¼ cup dried cherries dried cranberries or raisins
  • ½ cup hot cider
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound cippolini onions peele d and halved
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar


  • Place the dried fruit in a small bowl and add the hot cider to cover. Set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onions, season with salt and pepper and sauté, stirring only occasionally, for 8 minutes or so until they are caramelized in spots, and starting to soften Add the dried fruit with the cider, vinegar, and sugar. Bring to a simmer and cook until the sauce thickens and glazes the onions, about 4 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 109.03kcal | Carbohydrates: 15.88g | Protein: 1.24g | Fat: 4.77g | Saturated Fat: 0.68g | Sodium: 5.96mg | Potassium: 136.21mg | Fiber: 1.76g | Sugar: 10.51g | Vitamin A: 179.29IU | Vitamin C: 5.77mg | Calcium: 21.93mg | Iron: 0.28mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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