I attempted 'oven sauteing onions' until I finally got it to a science!
What you need: olive oil (if you're out, use vegetable oil), onions, garlic (optional), and a flat baking pan
First, understand there's some kind of chemical reaction when we oil a cookie sheet, coat the onions and put them in the oven. In as quickly as 18 minutes, they are worthless, flavorless onions. All the water is leached out of them, they are just a wilted little pile of about 1/3 the amount you put in! No joke, I almost thought someone stole half my onions. But, I was still in the trial stage.
As soon as this recipe gets out, some chemist online will come along and explain this oil oddity.
And the flip side is if you don't coat all sides, they dry up too bad in the oven.
1) Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees
2) Chop or slice all the onions you want to sautee.
3) Prepare your baking sheet by only putting the barest amount of olive oil in your palms and oil the pan especially to the sides. The onions placed on the sides and ends of the pan sometimes get browned and a few burn (but it's so very little, it's no loss).
4) When you're done slicing or chopping, leave them in the bowl. Put just about 1 - 1/2 tbs olive oil in the bowl. Coat your palms with olive oil. Then just toss and mix thoroughly until all onions are coated on all sides. (the amount varies by the amount of onions you're sauteing). The key is to use as little oil as possible and you'll have exceptional results.
5) I found that depending on the amount of onions, they are done in 15-20 minutes on my stove. Yours may be different so check frequently the first time. Chopped onions only take 15 minutes while slices can go another couple minutes.
You CAN pile them on the baking sheet since all of them have the oil they need. I piled slices and chopped both. There's no problem with it.
If you don't coat all sides, they dry up and shrivel.
I worked at this in stages until I got the oven temp and the issue of the oil figured out.
Now, I can have fabulous sautee'd onions or onions & garlic any time I want to grab it!
Wow! And only for the cost of some onions. It's gonna make my cooking easier day to day.
This really works great. I've got 5 frozen bags of them.