Onions, Onions, Onions

What’s in a name? that which we call an onion

By any other name would smell as pungent.

                   – Big Bill Shakespeare (with edits)

I love me some onions. I think as a child I may have shied away a bit, but for most of my life I cannot get enough of them. Red, white or yellow, they find their way into many of my dishes. Early on I found the sweetness of Vidalia. For a number of years I used that type of onion almost exclusively. As my palate progressed, I started to understand the complexities of each onion and when I should use each. For those who still have some question, here is a quick guide:

  • Yellow – Also known as a Spanish onion, this is the workhorse onion. If a recipe calls for onion, this should be your default choice. The flavor is relatively mild and will it caramelize and bring sweeter flavors to a dish when cooked long term.
  • White – These onions have a much stronger flavor profile. You take a bite and cannot mistake it for any other ingredient. I use these for Mexican dishes and if I want the onion flavor to not get lost.
  • Red – Some will say these have the strongest flavor. I love these for raw uses such as salsa or salad. A little will go a long way, so slice or dice thin. Their color is great for salads and other raw uses but will quickly fade to clear when cooked.
  • Shallot – A milder flavor. I use these both raw (salads) and cooked. They bring a slight onion taste in conjunction with some sweetness.
  • Green – Also known as scallions, these are good both cooked and raw. Great for a quick cook as they tend to disappear in long cooking dishes. I will use these in Asian dishes. They are good for garnish as well.
  • Pearl – These small guys are a pain in the &$$ to peel (unless you learn the water trick). Long cooking stews are the right place for them.
  • Sweet – Also known as Walla Walla or Vidalia, these bring such a sweetness to a dish. They carmelize well and are good when you are not looking for such a bite.

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These sweet onions pair well with the creamy, tart blue cheese.

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I had some Gorgonzola on hand so I used that in place of true blue.

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Making the onion packet.

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On the grill.

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It is like a present to open.

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Creamy and delicious.

Blue Cheese Vidalia Onions

Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 55 mins | Makes: 8 servings


  • 2 large Vidalia onions or other sweet onions, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup)
  • 1/2 of an 8-ounce package cream cheese, cut up
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dillweed
  • Grilled burgers topped with bacon or grilled steaks


Fold a 36×18-inch piece of heavy foil in half to make an 18-inch square. Place onion slices in center of foil. Dot with butter. Bring up opposite edges of the foil; seal with a double fold. Seal remaining edges with double folds to completely enclose the onions, leaving space for steam to build.

For a charcoal grill, place the packet on rack of covered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 25 to 30 minutes or until onions are just tender; turn packet once or twice during cooking. (For a gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Grill as above.)

In a large bowl combine crumbled blue cheese, cream cheese, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, and dillweed. Use a slotted spoon to add onions to the cheese mixture; toss to coat. Serve on grilled burgers topped with bacon, or with grilled steaks. Makes 8 servings.

Nutritional Info:

Per serving: Calories 130, Total Fat 11 g, Saturated Fat 7 g, Monounsaturated Fat 3 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 0 g, Cholesterol 30 mg, Sodium 273 mg, Carbohydrate 5 g, Total Sugar 2 g, Fiber 1 g, Protein 5 g. Daily Values: Vitamin C 4%, Calcium 10%, Iron 3%. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Source: http://www.recipe.com/blue-cheese-vidalia-onions/

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Categories: Cheese2, Grilled, kosher, Low Carb, Recipes, Sidedish2, vegetable3, Vegetarian

Author:The Ranting Chef

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8 Comments on “Onions, Onions, Onions”

  1. September 29, 2013 at 11:03 am #

    Thanks for the onion info. I tend to gravitate toward sweet because I don’t know what else will work.

    The recipe looks incredible!


  2. September 29, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    I love onions too! I use at least one a day!!


  3. September 29, 2013 at 12:30 pm #

    Wow…that looks kicking!!!!!


  4. September 29, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Thanks for my lesson of the day! 🙂


  5. September 29, 2013 at 6:54 pm #

    Wow, looks good! Onions are good for health too, so yay 🙂


  6. September 29, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    Amazing! You must have read my mind! 🙂 I was at the supermarket yesterday, the Bombay onion caught my eye. Then I was wondering how many types of onions all together and what’s the difference.


  7. October 1, 2013 at 10:34 am #

    Raised on onions as a staple that flavored my Italian background. You brought these delicious orbs to a whole new level with that excellent recipe.
    Thanks RC.


  8. October 4, 2013 at 9:29 pm #

    How come I always get extraordinarily hungry when I camp out here in your blog?………..lol


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