Vidalia Onion Pie
If you have never had a Vidalia onion then you are missing out on a Southern favorite. Unlike most onions, which are astringent and spicy in flavor, Vidalia onions are sweet and cook up to taste like fruit. No joke, I can eat a Vidalia onion like an apple.
One of my favorite ways to enjoy Vidalia onions is in a pie. This pie provides a sweet and savory accompaniment to any meat for a hearty meal or is excellent paired with a salad for a lighter meal. Southerners claim onion pie as their own, but this is not just a Southern dish as the French and British have their own versions. Vidalia onions are what make it Southern.
Known as the “Southern truffle,” the Vidalia onion is only available during the spring and summer months. Though shipped throughout the United States, they are only grown in and around the town of Vidalia, Georgia (hence the name). These onions are so sweet because that region of Georgia has the perfect combination of weather, water and soil to produce some of the world’s sweetest onions. They have mild winters and steady rains, and the soil is very low in sulfur, creating a much sweeter onion. The Vidalia is also easily recognizable by the trademark sticker on each onion.
Onions are part of the allium family of vegetables and herbs, which also includes chives, garlic, scallions and leeks. Onions have many possible health benefits including reducing the risk of obesity, heart disease and cancer. They are high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
Even if you don’t like onions, I urge you to give this recipe a try. The Vidalia onion provides a whole new flavor and this pie cooks up similar to that of a quiche. Feel free to make it your own and add bacon or use cheddar cheese instead of parmesan. Let the onion be the star of the dish but don’t be afraid to add your favorite ingredients if you wish. Enjoy!