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Vidalia Onion Pie

Vidalia Onion Pie

Vidalia Onion Pie

by | Jul 10, 2018

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!

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Vidalia Onion Pie
The Vidalia onion provides a whole new flavor and this pie cooks up similar to that of a quiche.
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Saute the sliced onions over medium heat in the butter until clear.
  3. Mix the eggs, sour cream, parsley, 4 ounces of parmesan and flour in a large bowl. Add the cooked onions and salt and pepper.
  4. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. Top with the remaining parmesan and bake for an additional 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before slicing and serving.

About The Author

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina, Sandi always dreamed of living on the coast. In her youth, she was always by the water; she was raised tending a big garden and stomping around in the creek. She spent her adolescent days on a Jet Ski or fishing on Lake James, N.C., and she and her friends would camp and hike the Linville Gorge. Attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte she felt like she was getting out of my small-town box and living the city life; at the same time, she was getting a little closer to the ocean. Moving to Wilmington has been a dream come true, and the life she has created has been a blessing. She enjoys kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach, and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth wherever she is. At home, she loves to cook and play with her dogs in the backyard. She also enjoys DIY home improvement endeavors. No outdoor shower, fire pit or flower bed is too big of a job! Being a part of the North Brunswick Magazine and South Brunswick Magazine team has taught Sandi that you really can enjoy your career.

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