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Grilled Vidalia onions

I’m really sad. I love summer, but it’s hovering around 100 today and it’s only the first part of June! I’m scared, I’m very scared.  And, needless to say, my oven has been put on temporary hiatus because of it. which means, my grill is my new best friend! I’m always looking for new ways to use it and this is an oldie but a goody.

If you’ve seen the Vidalia onions in the grocery but didn’t know what to do with them besides slice them and put them on a sandwich or a burger, you’re gonna love this! You can also do this in the oven and essentially roast them. I know, an onion is never something you think of as a side dish with your chicken or pork chops, but you really have to try this!

4 to 6 Vidalia onions (more or less depending on how many people you are serving)

butter

salt and pepper to taste

heavy duty aluminum foil

1. Preheat a grill to approximately 300, or medium heat

2. cut the top off the onion and cut out the core, leaving the stem on the bottom, and remove the papery outer layers of the onion & discard.

3. put 1tsp to 1tbsp (to taste/personal preference) in the well created by removing the core. sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

This is what it looks like before you seal it tightly in a little packet and put it on the grill.

4. wrap the onion tightly in a square of heavy duty aluminum foil

5. grill over indirect heat for 20 to 30 minutes, or until onion is tender.

6. unwrap and serve with chicken, pork chops, etc. The onion is delicious and tender and sweet.

Yum! Enjoy!

Look at that! It's tender and sweet and a wonderful side dish!

Keep checking back, I’ll be sharing more summer/grilling/cool kitchen recipes!

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Another slow cooker recipe: French Onion Soup! Mai oui!

Love me some French onion soup on a cold day, so imagine my delight when I came across this recipe (which I immediately modified)! I will share it with you as it mostly was originally and tell you next time I will not add quite so many onions, I’ll use half as many as it called for, it was very oniony, good, but oniony.

Slow cooker French onion soup

6 cans beef broth

6 medium onions chopped (I’ll use 3 next time)

3 bay leaves

3 tbsp butter

1-1/2 tsp worcestershire sauce

2tsp onion salt

3 tsp garlic salt

2 tbsp Kosher salt

5 to6 whole garlic cloves peeled (if desired)

French Bread sliced approximately 1″ thick and toasted

shredded parmesan/mozzarella/asiago cheese

1. Saute onions in butter until onions are crisp tender.

2. Put all ingredients except french bread and cheese in 4 qt slow cooker. Cook for 5 to 7 hrs or until onions are tender.

3. Remove bay leaves and  ladle into bowls and top with toasted French bread and a sprinkle of cheese. 

This is one of those recipes that makes a big batch and could easily be halved. It’s so delicious on a cold night without being too heavy. Enjoy!

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