Caramelized Walla Walla Sweet Onions

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4 side-dish servings

-- 2 tablespoons butter
-- 1 teaspoon olive oil
-- 2 large Walla Walla sweet onions, peeled and sliced ¼-inch thick
-- ½ teaspoon dried thyme, crushed
-- ½ teaspoon salt
-- Freshly ground black pepper to taste
-- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
-- 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, divided

1. In a large heavy skillet, heat the butter and oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions, thyme, salt and pepper. Sauté slowly for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.

2. Add the brown sugar and 2 tablespoons lemon juice. Sauté 5 minutes. Stir in the remaining tablespoon lemon juice and continue cooking 5 minutes. The onions should be very soft and golden brown in color.