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Tennessee Onions

Want to know what was ‘pon Rocky Top? Tennessee Onions! That’s what, the premier Vidalia Onion Recipe! You want an exceptional and EASY recipe, right? Yeah, I thought so!

This delightful Vidalia Onion Recipes is made with sweet vidalia onions resulting in a vidalia onion casserole! Basically, I’ve been eating this vidalia onion casserole for 30 years now, and I don’t forsee a time when I’ll stop. You should try it! 

 

Casserole dish of Tennessee Onions sitting on white towel with spoon and salt shaker in background

BAKED VIDALIA ONION CASSEROLE

WHY THIS BAKED VIDALIA ONION RECIPES WORKS! 

  • It has simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen like sweet vidalia onions, butter and garlic.
  • This has been rated as one of the BEST vidalia onion recipes out there! 
  • What can go wrong with melted cheese, garlic and a sweet vidalia onion? 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT TO COOK FOR VEGETARIANS?

This vidalia onion recipes is a perfect recipe for your vegetarian friends.

casserole dish of tennessee onions sitting on a green striped towel with a spoon in background

Vidalia Onions Recipes

WHAT ARE TENNESSEE ONIONS?

Good question! Sweet Onions like Tennessee Onions are baked Vidalia (or other sweet onions) Onions with butter, cheese, garlic and various herbs. 

This dish of Tennessee Onions are a creation using sweet vidalia onions from the recipe of a great grandmother of a good friend of mine. I have no idea why she called this vidalia onion casserole Tennessee Onions. 

Vidalia onions come from Georgia, not Tennessee! Who knows – let’s just roll with it – OK?

 

casserole dish of tennessee onions with a salt shaker and white towel

baked vidalia onion recipes

IS A VIDALIA ONION A SWEET ONION? 

Yes, vidalia onions are sweet onions. If you can’t find Vidalias try substituting Cipollini onions, Texas Sweet or other sweet onions. 

WHERE ARE VIDALIA ONIONS GROWN? 

According to my research, REAL vidalia onions are grown in Georgia! 

HOW DO I STORE VIDALIA ONIONS? 

Store Vidalia onions (and all onions) in a cool dry dark place. If you happen to have an old pair of panty hose, you can drop a Vidalia down into the foot, tie a knot, drop another in and so on. 

Just cut the bottom one off as you need an onion! This works GREAT!

WHEN ARE VIDALIA ONIONS IN SEASON? 

Vidalia Onions are in season in the summer time. You will be able to find other types of sweet onions all year long. 

 

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR Tennessee Onions

  • Serve Tennessee Onions over hamburgers, over steak, as a side dish at your cookout or even as a “burger option” for your vegetarian friends.
  • Cut the sweet onions in even thicknesses and separate out the rings
  • Cut the sweet onions about 1/2 inch thick
  • Use Vidalia Onions when available. Texas Sweets will do as well. Any sweet onion will do in a pinch but Vidalias are the best.
  • These Tennessee Onions do not make a custard pie like filling, they simply make baked onions with a cheesy topping – YUM!
  • Use the best quality cheese that you can afford for this – it makes a difference.
  • Check to see if it needs salt before adding any, cheese and garlic salt are both salty already

EQUIPMENT I USE WHEN MAKING TENNESSEE ONIONS

I don’t really use anything special, but if you are taking this to a cookout or a church dinner, it is always nice to have a good portable casserole dish. I bought this one last year and have really enjoyed the simple snap on lid that makes taking it places super nice! (this is an affiliate link and you can click the photo to go straight through to Amazon. If you choose to purchase anything by going this route, Loaves and Dishes will receive a very small commission that does not cost you any extra. 10% of any commissions received are tithed by Loaves and Dishes, and thank you!)

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SERVE TENNESSE ONIONS WITH…

So, you are probably wondering what to serve these onions with. Vidalia onions in this baked Tennessee Onions dish are TERRIFIC with Hangry Hamburgers, Potato Salad and a green caprese salad with a dessert of Banana Pudding

LET’S SEE HOW THIS BAKED VIDALIA ONION RECIPES IS DONE! 

First cut the onions into rings and layer in the baking dish

Red pan filled with vidalia onion slices, kitchen towel in background

Vidalia Onion Recipe

Cover with pats of butter, cheese  and herbs.

Red dish with vidalia onion slices and cheese being sprinkled on top

Baked Vidalia Onion Recipe

Bake in the oven! 

Red dish with baked onion casserole recipe being scooped out with silver spatula

Baked Onion Casserole

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THE RECIPE FOR TENNESSEE ONIONS

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Tennessee Onions

Baked Vidalia Onions with Cheese, Butter and Herbs
5 from 18 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Tennessee Onions, Vidalia onion recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 150kcal
Author: Loaves and Dishes

Ingredients

  • 2-3 whole Vidalia onions or any sweet onion will do
  • 4 tbsp stick unsalted butter
  • Garlic salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 Cup sharp cheddar cheese the better quality, the better taste
  • 1 Cup mozzarella Cheese
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh oregano or other herbs for garnish

Instructions

  • Using non-stick cooking spray, prepare a 9x13 baking dish. 
  • Heat over to 350
  • Slice the Vidalia onions in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and separate the rings. 
  • Lay the rings in the prepared baking dish
  • Sprinkle the onion rings with garlic salt (about 1 tsp), pepper (about 1/2 tsp).
  • Cut the butter into pats and place around the dish on top of the onions.  
  • Spread the cheddar and mozzarella cheeses on top of the onions and then top with the grated parmesan cheese.
  • Bake at 350 uncovered for 30 minutes or until bubbly and the cheese has started to brown (browned cheese bits is one of the best parts!)
  • Remove from the oven, allow to cool for a few minutes, garnish with some fresh herbs (oregano, chives, thyme all work well)  and then serve. 

Notes

  • Serve Tennessee Onions over hamburgers, over steak, as a side dish at your cookout or even as a “burger option” for your vegetarian friends.
  • Cut the sweet onions in even thicknesses and separate out the rings
  • Cut the sweet onions about 1/2 inch thick
  • Use Vidalia Onions when available.  Texas Sweets will do as well.  Any sweet onion will do in a pinch but Vidalias are the best.
  • These Tennessee Onions do not make a custard pie like filling, they simply make baked onions with a cheesy topping - YUM!
  • Use the best quality cheese that you can afford for this - it makes a difference.
  • Check to see if it needs salt before adding any, cheese and garlic salt are both salty already

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
Tennessee Onions
Amount Per Serving
Calories 150 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Cholesterol 30mg10%
Sodium 282mg12%
Potassium 128mg4%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 285IU6%
Vitamin C 4mg5%
Calcium 263mg26%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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A VERSE TO SHARE

“Wonder what the Bible says about onions?” is what I looked up in curiosity. Did you know that one of the things that the Israelites cried over while they were wandering in the dessert was onions? I can sympathize, I would miss them too.

In Numbers 11, God becomes angry with the people for complaining. After All, they are safe in the desert and He knows that everything is going to be OK in the end. The Lord has supplied the people with Manna every single day.

I wonder what Manna tasted like?

That’s beside the point. Anyway, the people cried and complained and God became angry and a fire broke out burning part of their camp. Moses had to pray an interventional prayer and the fired died down.

This story reminds me so much of when my own children were small and trying to deal with them. I’m sure you understand if you have dealt with children. Let’s forego the gory details and just say, “I relate”.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this verse or on the recipe. You can write me directly at wendi(at sign)loavesanddishes.net or just leave a comment here and I’ll comment back!

 

***THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED BY WENDI WITH NEW INFORMATION***

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Jan S

Monday 11th of January 2021

Absolutely insanely delicious! I had a nice chunk of gruyere in the fridge, so I used that. What an amazing side dish. We've recently been able to get Goldies onions from WinnDixie here in NWFL and they were perfect! YUMMY!

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 13th of January 2021

Oh man! Gruyere cheese sounds wonderful with this recipe! Glad you loved it!

Pamela

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Love love love Visalia’s I have stored mine this way for a long time. It works and gets you through the winter with these wonderful onions! Have a blessed day.

Wendi Spraker

Monday 14th of December 2020

Thanks Pamela, Have a great week!

Jack T Cavanaugh

Monday 30th of November 2020

Haven't made it yet but going to, it looks delicious. My wife and I love onions and I love to cook. I LOVE the fact that you incorporate Scripture verses in your post. That is a pretty good indication that you are a Christian which is super great. Hope you and your family have blessed day!

Wendi Spraker

Monday 30th of November 2020

Hi Jack! Thanks for leaving a comment and some stars. I appreciate it. I hope you love the dish. Yes, I'm a Christian, but not a preachy one. I just try to share my latest, "here's what I'm thinking about" and you can see if you are thinking about it too. Have an excellent week! :)

Pam Lebreck

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

I love onions! Tonight, we dine! Thx so much for this recipe..never thought to do this before...tonight will be different.

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 22nd of September 2020

Hi Pam, GREAT! I hope you love them!

June

Monday 27th of July 2020

Looking forward to tasteing this

Wendi Spraker

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

Hi June! That's great! I hope you enjoy it!

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