Using frozen pearl onions is a huge time saver, but sacrifices nothing in flavor. If you'd rather use fresh, simply cover the onions in very hot water and let sit for 5 minutes, then peel, leaving the small end of the root attached.
2 16-oz. bags frozen pearl onions
2 T. sugar
1 T. brown sugar
2 T. butter
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. coarsely ground black pepper
Directions: In a large non-stick skillet, stir together the onions, sugars, butter, salt, and pepper with 1/2 cup water. Vent the lid and cook over medium-high heat for 10-15 minutes until onions are very tender. Remove the cover and cook for 5-10 minutes longer, until the onions are golden to dark brown, stirring frequently. Serve immediately, or transfer to a microwave safe bowl for up to 1 day. To reheat, simply microwave on high 4 minutes, stirring halfway.