These plump onions are one of autumn's sweetest delights. By: Cheryl Slocum
First cultivated in Italy, cipollini are most often served there as agrodolce (the Italian word for "sweet and sour"), a condiment that pairs beautifully with cheese or roasted meat. Try our version of this vinegar and sugar–braised dish, the recipe for which is at the end of this gallery. It's ready in only 20 minutes.
These squat, silver dollar–sized onions, at their peak from fall through midwinter, have an unusually high sugar content, which helps them caramelize quickly to a gorgeous brown. After prepping, you can put them in the oven with carrots and potatoes alongside your favorite roast for a hearty fall feast.