VIDALIAS ON THE GRILL

Posted: June 25, 2016 in barbecue, Food, grilling, Recipes, Uncategorized

When it’s Vidalia onion season, I find every excuse in the world to include them in my meals. I slice them thinly and use them raw in salads and saute them in any dish that hits a frying pan. But my favorite way to eat them is right off the grill.

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I take a couple of Vidalias and I cut the tops off them, leaving the bottom, or root, intact. That holds the onion together. I peel off the outer layer, then carefully quarter the onions, see-sawing my knife down into the bulb until I get to the root, being careful not to cut all the way through.

In a separate bowl, I mix a combination of garlic salt, pepper, paprika, and a bit of brown sugar.

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I take each onion, and carefully pull the quarters apart and drip some olive oil inside. Then I take some of the seasoning mix and jam it in there, as far down as I can. I coat the outside of the onion with olive oil and seasoning, too.

I light a hardwood charcoal fire and roast the onions over high heat at first to caramelize them, then I move them to a part of the grill away from direct heat, close the lid, and let them cook for a few minutes. Once they’ve cooked enough, I give them one last blast over the hot fire before serving.

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