Vidalia Onions are a sweet treat!

Vidalia Onion Preparing for Holiday dinners or Sunday Suppers, I am always thinking about side dishes to create.  We created two favorites of late and I must share here.   Spring in Georgia means Vidalia Onions!  We love these sweet...

Vidalia Onion
Vidalia Onion

Preparing for Holiday dinners or Sunday Suppers, I am always thinking about side dishes to create.  We created two favorites of late and I must share here.   Spring in Georgia means Vidalia Onions!  We love these sweet onions and enjoy creating dishes around these special treats.

Onion Dip with Crackers or Breads
Onion Dip with Crackers or Breads

Vidalia Onion Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 cups Swiss cheese, shredded.  I often use Gruyere cheese as a substitute
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 cups of Vidalia onions, thinly sliced or a small dice.  Your choice.  I tend to like the strings of onions in this dip.
  • 1 teaspoon of hot sauce, or more if desired.  I do not want this dish too hot, but I want this well seasoned.
  • Parsley for garnish (optional)
  • Crackers or slices of crusty bread  as the vehicle to enjoy this dip upon.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Mix together mayonnaise and shredded cheeses along with hot sauce
  3. Add in onions, combining all ingredients
  4. Bake in a casserole dish for about 30 minutes until hot and bubbly
  5. Garnish with parsley if desired.  Serve hot.

Vidalia Onion Bake

Ingredients:

  • 3 – 5 Vidalia onions, sliced thin
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • About 25 Ritz or Buttery Crackers, crushed.  I would usually use a sleeve of these crackers for this recipe.
  • About 1/3 – 2/3  cup butter, melted
  • 1 – 2 teaspoons dried dill
  • Optional:  about 6 – 8 cloves of roasted garlic, mashed

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 325  degrees
  2. Butter  the bottom and sides of a 9 x 9 x 2  baking dish/ casserole dish
  3. Layer half of the onions, crushed crackers, cheese, melted butter and dill.  If you are using the mashed roasted garlic, combine this garlic with the melted butter.
  4. Repeat the layer
  5. Bake for about 30-40 minutes watching so this mixture does not burn
  6. Serve immediately.  Great side with steaks or any meat.

The simple ingredients of this Onion Bake make it memorable and delicious.  I love the addition of dill.  I would also suggest adding some mashed roasted garlic.  The roasted garlic adds a great layer of flavor.

Of course, you can always make a pot of French Onion Soup, one of my all-time favorite soups with these spring treats.  Here is the recipe to create this traditional soup.

 I can promise you caramelizing the onions overnight will be a huge time-saver and will add a wonderful added layer of flavor to this soup.

We are so fortunate, Vidalia onions are then followed by Walla Walla’s in the spring and summer.   We can now find sweet onions most any time of the year.

What is your favorite onion recipe?