Sunday, May 9, 2010

Baked Vidalia Onions

For those who are not familiar, the Vidalia (Vie-dale-ya) onion is a sweet onion grown in Vidalia, Georgia and a limited number of surrounding counties, as mandated by the State of Georgia and the USDA. The sweetness of these onions is attributed to the low sulfur content in the soil of the region. Southerners and onion lovers, like me, celebrate their arrival in late spring each year.

Here is a recipe I picked up at the cash register, printed on an index card, from the iconic Mary-Mac's Tearoom in Midtown Atlanta, many years ago.

Baked Vidalia Onions
4 Vidalia onions
1 cup tomato juice
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup melted butter

Peel onions and slice off both the stem end and the blossom end. Place in a buttered baking dish. Mix together the tomato juice, honey, and butter. Pour over the onions. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, or until very tender.

So sweet! Tastes like dessert.


  1. The only way I've ever had vidalia onions is in pickles - I would love to try this out.

  2. This sounds really interesting. I think it would make a nice side dish for a bbq