Vidalia Onions Are In, Y’all

In Season,Ingredient,Spring
May 1, 2012

Georgia's Vidalia onions prove they are true Southern sweethearts in these five savory dishes for spring.

Mark Boughton

It’s the sweet season of Georgia-grown Vidalia onions. Squattier than their kin, onions labeled Vidalias are unique to Georgia and may only be grown in certain parts of a 20-county area in the southeastern part of the state. Due to the soil and the climate, the onions are sweeter even when raw, making them particularly suited to dishes with smoky and salty flavors. This also makes them great raw in salads, such as our beet salad below. Here they star in Southern dishes, one of which is a savory bread pudding from acclaimed chef Gerry Klaskala of Aria restaurant in Atlanta.




Caramelized Vidalia Onion Bread Pudding

A rich side dish perfect, this savory bread pudding combines sweet Vidalia onions and creamy goat cheese.


Grilled Vidalia Onions

A perfect side dish for burgers or steak, these sweet Vidalia onions take a turn on the grill.


Vidalia Onion Bacon Pie

Caramelized onions, bacon and cheese fill this hearty quiche.


Asparagus and Vidalia Quiche with Potato Crust

The flavor of fresh asparagus sings through this quiche that uses thinly sliced potatoes as its crust.


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