Pearl onions are slowly braised in stock and fresh herbs.
Peel the pearl onions and set aside.
*If using frozen pearl onions, make sure they have been thawed and drained well; otherwise, they will not saute properly. Also note: you can use any other type of small onion for this recipe.
To prepare your mise en place, gather the butter, oil, stock and bouquet garni.
Heat a stainless-steel pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and butter and saute the onions for approximately 10 minutes or so or until golden brown. Make sure to roll the onions around in the pan from time to time so they color evenly.
Once the onions have colored nicely, add the stock and the bouquet garni.
Once the stock comes to a simmer, reduce the heat to low and cover with a lid. Let the onions braise for approximately 40 minutes or until almost all of the liquid has evaporated.
Once almost all of the liquid has evaporated and the onions are soft all the way through, remove the lid.
Turn the heat back up to medium high and reduce most of the remaining liquid.
Remove the herbs and taste for seasoning. Serve immediately or use in another dish, if desired.