Are you looking try some new recipes while cooking at home? Then you might be excited by the return of Vidalia onions season!
In mid-April, Vidalia onions officially returned to season and began offering the hint of sweetness that makes these onions so very special. With Vidalias only growing in the southern parts of Georgia, there is a uniqueness and limited quality to these onions that makes cooking at home even more fun than ever before.
As a fan of all onions and what they bring to a dish, I am always thrilled when it is time to bring home Vidalia onions. Not only do they elevate any dish, but they can make certain dishes even more special.
If you want to add the freshness of Spring to your at home cooking, then Vidalia onions are the way to go. These are perhaps some of the most versatile onions on the market, and they can be used in so many ways.
At the beginning of April, the Vidalia Onion Committee (yes this is a real thing!) shared a video to YouTube offering a recipe for a Peach and Vidalia Onion Chutney. And after trying it for myself, it really is as easy as it seems. Of course, that is not the only recipe they have shared, as some of their other videos include instructions to make things like Cheesy Vidalia Bacon Dip, a Vidalia Onion Breakfast Bake, and even a Sweet Vidalia Pie.
Honestly, I am excited to give that Bacon Dip recipe a try, but on a more personal level, I used Vidalia Onions for such dishes as fried Bologna and onions, a sausage, peppers, and onions dish, and even a Vidalia Onion Latke dish (this requires a side of sour cream!).
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With so many people at home, cooking and baking has become the ultimate pastime for those of us looking to alleviate boredom, while also being productive in some way. Trying new recipes and experimenting with new ingredients is the ultimate way to enjoy these moments with our family, and Vidalia onions are the perfect way to make that happen.
If you are looking for inspiration, chef Virginia Willis who is the author of Secrets of the Southern Table: A Food Lover’s Tour of the Global South, said that we can look to traditions followed by southern cooks. According to Willis, “Southern cooks are true experts at making beautiful use of ingredients available around them. They have always leaned into creativity with seasonal, local, tasty foods that are efficient to feed the whole family. Vidalia onions are an important part of that tradition.”
And if you want to know more about Vidalia onions and why they are so special, you can also check out the Vidalia onion website, where you can even learn about the growers who are tasked with producing these perfect sweet southern staples.
If you are looking to try something new in the kitchen, using Vidalia onions is the way to go. And hopefully you can enjoy these springtime favorites right now.
What do you think of Vidalia onions? Do you use them in any of your cooking? Do you have any recipes you want to share with us to try? Let us know in the comments.