Gesotten Zwibelsalat

Cooked Onion Salad

This recipe highlights the natural sweetness of Onion while remaining a savory dish.

Source: Ein New Kochbuch by Marx Rumpolt, a 16th century collection of German recipes

Original Recipes:

Gesotten Zwibelsalat/ oder gebraten/ macht man sueß mit weissem Zucker/ oder mit kleinen schwartzen Rosein.

Translation: (Translated by M. Grasse)

Cooked onion salad/ or roasted (fried)/ make it sweet with a white sugar/ or with small black raisins

My Interpretation:

2 extra large onion (2 pounds)

¼ cup white sugar

1 cup currants

¼ cup olive oil

Slice onion and sauté over medium high heat in olive oil until golden. Add sugar and currants.


Rumpolt, Marx. "Ein new Kochbuch", Transliteration by Thomas Gloning,

Rumpolt Marx Ein New Kochbuch [Online] // Ein New Kochbuch / ed. Grasse M.. - 2002. - February 5, 2009. - - This is a translation of the book first published in 1581 by Marx Rumpolt. It has nearly 1000 recipes.

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