Drunk Onions & Mushrooms

Sweet Caramelization with Tangy Balsamic and Bold Whiskey Flavors
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Side Dish
Keyword: Burger Topper, caramelized onions, glaze, mushrooms, sauteed mushrooms, steak enhancer, Steak Topper, whiskey
Cooking Method: Stovetop
Food Category: Vegetarian
FoodOrDrink: Food
Servings: 3


  • 1 ea Sliced Onion I prefer a large sweet yellow onion. Sliced somewhat thinly.
  • 1/2 lb Sauteed Mushrooms See notes for recipe.
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil You may need more.
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar Optional.
  • 1/2 tbsp Butter Optional.
  • 2 cloves Garlic Optional. Pressed.
  • 1 Splash Whiskey Add a second splash if you'd like.
  • 3 Splashes Balsamic Vinegar You may end up wanting more.
  • 1 ea Salt To taste.


  • Add your olive oil and onions to a pot on the stove over low to medium low heat. Stir to coat the onions in the olive oil. Continue to stir occasionally.
  • Once the onions are softened add the butter, salt, and maybe a splash of olive oil.
  • Continue to cook and occasionally stir.
  • Once the onions are near the point of browning, add the brown sugar and increase the heat a smidge. On my stove I never go above medium on the heat for this cook. Continue to occasionally stir.
  • When the onions are nearing the end of their browning, add in the garlic. Stir and reduce the heat if necessary to ensure the garlic doesn't burn.
  • Deglaze the pot with the splash or two of whiskey. Scrape any burnt goodness into the onions. Ensure the pot remains hot enough to burn off any alcohol.
  • Add in the mushrooms and continue to occasionally stir. Keep an eye on the heat as to not cause any burning.
  • Add in the balsamic to your liking. Continue to heat and reduce the mixture.
  • Remove from heat when the taste and texture is to your liking.
  • Serve and enjoy!


  • I realize I say “optional” next to many of the ingredients.  And it’s true…. they’re optional.  But I’d highly suggest including them all.
  • You could double the onion and remove the mushrooms if you aren’t in the mood for mushrooms.
  • While this can certainly be served as it’s own side dish, it also makes for an amazing steak or burger topper.
  • The balsamic can be reduced in a pan before being added if you want to ensure an extra thick and sticky texture.
  • Substitute bacon for the mushrooms to make an awesome Bacon Jam!
  • As a topper, this recipe makes enough for 2-3 people.  As a side dish, figure 2 people at best.
  • Click here for my Sautéed Mushrooms recipe.
  • Click here for my Caramelized Onions recipe.
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