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.
Just a few ingredients make for a complex condiment that dresses up simple roast chicken or pork. To add a floral note, replace the brown sugar with clover honey.
For a quick appetizer, spread herbed goat cheese on crostini, and top each round with a cipollini half and a parsley leaf. Cipollini also make wonderful pickles. Brine them with a mix of equal parts vinegar and water, plus aromatic spices and herbs.