30 Jan 2014
January 30, 2014

The Right Onion Makes A Big Difference In Cooking

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It does make a difference in how your favorite dish turns out in the end by which onion you choose. Some turn sweet and lose a lot of the ‘onion’ flavor when sauteed in butter while others keep their pungent onion flavor.

  • Yellow onion is the best all-around cooking onion for roasts, stews, slow cooker recipes and my favorite…spaghetti sauce
  • Sweet onion is best where you do not need a strong onion in roasted vegetables, in between slits in a baked potato, deep fried onion rings and my favorite appetizer…saute in butter, about 5 pounds of sweet onions and bake in a pastry shell ball.
  • Red onion is the best for eating raw. It has a toned down flavor to let other flavors come through in guacamole salads and sandwiches. My favorite is in coleslaw, it adds crunch, flavor and color.
  • White onion is the crunchiest and has the sharpest zing. Use this one when you do want the strong onion flavor to come through in salsas, chutneys and stir fries. My favorite with white onion is in salsas with plum tomatoes, peppers and cilantro.
  • Shallot is a milder onion and best used in vinaigrette, as a garnish and in egg casseroles and quiches. Shallots are small and just the right size when you need a small amount.

TIP: Onions will absorb bacteria and are the most common cause of food poisoning in potato salad at room temperature. Mayonnaise has been branded the culprit in food poisoning for years but it is generally the onion so throw any unused onion away. They say putting an onion, peeled and cut in half beside your bed at night when you are ill will help cure you. The onion will turn black overnight, it is supposed to absorb bacteria and germs.

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