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Baked Vidalia Onions

Discussion in 'Food Forum' started by Tennessee Slim, Aug 18, 2004.

  1. Tennessee Slim

    Tennessee Slim Señor Member CLM

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    This is one of my faves when I have friends over for a 'fancy' cookout. The recipe reads like its an appetizer but I do this instead of the customary jacket potato.

    INGREDIENTS:
    4 whole large sweet onions (Vidalias, Walla Wallas, Mauis, etc.)
    8 Tbsp softened butter
    4 Tbsp brown sugar
    4 tsp chopped thyme
    4 tsp chopped rosemary
    4 Tbsp chopped garlic
    8 Tbsp sherry vinegar
    6 Tbsp beef bouillon
    2 Tbsp bacon fat
    8 quartered s.h.i.taake mushrooms
    4 Ozs country ham, julienned
    4 Tbsp blanched tomato pulp
    4 tsp finely minced chives

    Score onion peel and peel back, leaving attached at root. Slice off just enough of top to create a flat head. Mix butter, sugar, thyme, rosemary and garlic. Place one quarter of mixture in middle of each of 4 12"x12" squares of aluminum foil. Place flattened top of onion on mixture. Pull back onion peel; pull foil up and gather loosely at base, underneath peel (do not crimp tightly). Combine bouillon and vinegar and pour into 'pyramid.' Bake in a shallow pan at 375 degrees for 1 hour and 20 minutes. After about an hour, saute together bacon fat, mushrooms and ham over medium heat until mushrooms soften.

    Remove onions and place on warmed serving platter. Reserve juices. Add tomato pulp, chives and reserved juices to sauteed mixture. Cook another couple of minutes, reducing slightly. Serve onions, top down, atop a portion of the sauteed mushroom mixture. Add a side of crusty French bread and complete with a Pinot Grigio or Muscadet.

    (I can't believe the board censored s.h.i.taake mushrooms!!)
     
  2. failsafe

    failsafe

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    I just slice down the onion, as you described till almost at roots end, but in a tbs of butter, wrap in foil, and place directly on the coals....
     

  3. noway

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    same here, and they go wrap on top of the smoker. One nice onion when it comes out.

    Tender and not too strong of a taste.
     
  4. General Sherman

    General Sherman

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    On a similar note to make a baked onion:

    Peel one medium vidalia onion. Place in pyrex type bowl which is oven proof.
    Add one half inch water, or about about 1/3 cup.
    Add one beef bouillon club.
    Add one slice butter on top.
    Cover with plastic wrap and place on larger ovenproof bowl to catch overflow.
    Microwave for 5 minutes.

    The onion should be soft and the liquid like french onion soup.

    Slice and serve.