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!
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.
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?
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
Cover with pats of butter, cheese and herbs.
Bake in the oven!
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THE RECIPE FOR TENNESSEE ONIONS
Baked Vidalia Onions with Cheese, Butter and Herbs
- 2-3 Vidalia onions or any sweet onion will do
- ½ 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
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.
Very easy and simple recipe that is a crowd pleaser!
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***