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How do you peel cipollini onions?

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To peel cipollini onions, soak the onions in boiling water, drain, trim off the ends and peel off the outer layer. After the onions are peeled, cut and cook as desired.

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Cipollini onions are small, about the size of a silver dollar, and they have a higher sugar content than other onion types. The high sugar content allows the onions to quickly brown and caramelize, and they cook well with recipes that use sugar and vinegar or honey and balsamic glazes. Cipollini onions pair well in a number of dishes, including with cheese and roasted meat.

Allowing cipollini onions to soak in boiling water for a few minutes makes for a much easier peeling process. Place the onions in a large bowl and pour boiling water over the onions to cover. Allow the onions to soak for 2 to 5 minutes, and then drain the water.

After soaking, carefully cut away just the stem and root ends of the onion, leaving the majority of the onion in tact. This starts the peeling process, making it easier to peel off the skin. After the ends are removed, use a pairing knife to carefully grab and remove the thin layer of skin surrounding the onion. The onions are now fully peeled and ready to prepare as desired.

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