Vidalia onions are in season right now so stock up on these sweeties and make an appetizer that everyone will be asking for the recipe. With just three ingredients, onions, olive oil and Cheddar, it couldn’t be easier to make. The secret is roasting the onions for a long time so that the flavor is mild, sweat and caramelized. Broil with freshly grated Cheddar cheese and you’ll be all set for easy summer entertaining.
Don’t skimp on quality: With just three ingredients, it’s important that each and every one is of the highest quality. The onions should be firm to the touch, the olive oil should smell fruity and fresh and the Cheddar freshly grated.
Sweet onions: Onions generally fall into two categories: hot and sweet. Hot onions, strong in flavor and typically yellow are great for cooking (and making you cry). Sweet onions like Vidalia and Oso are milder with a thinner skin and a sweet flavor. They’re great raw as well as cooked.
“Salt to taste”: Sometimes the cooking instruction of “salt to taste” is hard to figure out. After all, everyone has a different palate for salt, which is exactly why this measurement is left to the home cook. Add a small amount of salt throughout the cooking process; like a pinch here and there. At the end taste, then adjust to your liking.
Vidalia Onion Pie
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 35 minutes
Serves: a crowd
2 large Vidalia onions (1 ½-2 lbs.)
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 oz. good quality Cheddar cheese, grated
Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Roughly chop onions and toss with olive oil. Sprinkle a big pinch of salt into the mix. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with non-stick foil (for easy clean up). Bake 30 minutes, turning half way through) until onions are a deep golden brown.
Turn on broiler.
Mix onions and cheese and place in an ovenproof baking dish. Broil about 5 minutes until bubbly. Serve warm with crackers, chips and cut up veggies.
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