Warm Up with Curried Onion Apple Soup

Warm Up with Curried Onion Apple Soup

After a busy holiday season, January’s cold snap has me looking for warm, comforting, healthy, but totally satisfying meals! To me, a steamy bowl of soup is the perfect and this Curried Onion Apple Soup is one of my favorites because it combines a few of my favorite things:  savory caramelized onions with sweet, crisp, apple and then made even more soothing with a generous dose of curry powder.

Curried Caramelized Onion Apple Soup

Smooth and creamy, this is the kind of soup to keep you satisfied and warm on a long winter day. Garnish with a few caramelized onions, cooling yogurt, and crunchy apple for the perfect steamy bowl of comfort.

Curried Caramelized Onion Apple Soup (horiz.)

Makes: 8 cups

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds yellow onions, thinly sliced
3 red skinned apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I use Royal Gala)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 cup apple cider
3-1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chopped potato
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
Optional garnish: caramelized onion, apple cut into matchsticks or thin slices, plain yogurt

Preparation

In a large heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter with oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until caramelized. This process is worth the time it takes for full caramelization, at least 30 to 35 minutes. Reserve a few onions for the garnish, if desired. Add apples, garlic, ginger, and curry powder; cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add apple cider to deglaze the pan; increase heat to high until reduced by half. Add broth and potato, bring to a boil then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and salt; simmer for 5 minutes.

Purée soup with an immersion blender until it’s smooth. Alternatively, a blender can be used to purée the soup in batches. Return soup to the pot and simmer until warmed through before serving.

Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with a drizzle of yogurt, reserved caramelized onions, and apple.

Curried Caramelized Onion Apple Soup

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association; image by Lori Rice.

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Savory Desserts with Onions

Sweet & Savory Desserts with Onions

We love creativity in the kitchen, especially when it involves onions!  Few things are more inventive than desserts with a savory twist. So we searched for some of the best sweet and savory desserts that you will love!

The holiday season is often overflowing with super sweet treats and this makes it a great time of year to incorporate a savory dessert option. The best thing about these creations is their versatility. Many are sweet enough to stand alone as a dessert, but they also pair well with a wedge of aged cheese, or even a scoop of ice cream.

Another perk is that you don’t have to stick with the last course when serving many of these delicious recipes. Most will work equally well as a starter or party snack. So keep your options open and try some of these sweet and savory desserts with onions!

 

Apple and Onion Hand Pies with Cheddar and Sage

Apple and Onion Hand Pies with Cheddar and Sage from Reading My Tea Leaves

Cranberry, Caramelized Onion and Fresh Herb Focaccia

Cranberry, Caramelized Onion and Fresh Herb Focaccia from Floating Kitchen

Fig, Onion & Labneh Galette

Fig, Onion & Labneh Galette from Cook Til Delicious

De La Grana

De La Grana (Pumpkin-Onion) Cheesecake from Daydreamer Desserts

Caramelized Onion-Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Caramelized Onion-Dark Chocolate Ice Cream from Sauce Magazine

Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Empanadas

Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Empanadas from Always Order Dessert

Pumpkin, Apple and Caramelized Onion Vegan Quesadilla

Pumpkin, Apple and Caramelized Onion Vegan Quesadilla from Veggie Inspired

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Pear, Caramelized Onion & Brie Bites from Real Housemoms

Cranberry Onion Tarts

Cranberry Onion Tarts from the National Onion Association

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Cranberry Onion Tarts


These sweet and tangy tarts will make a delicious addition to your holiday meals!

Serve them as a starter or use them to add a savory twist to dessert.

 

Cranberry Onion Tarts Recipe from the National Onion Association

The holiday season is full of delicious desserts and this year we have a recipe that will help you add a special, unexpected touch. These Cranberry Onion Tarts are sweet enough to be served with cheeses and wine to end a meal, and savory enough to enjoy as a starter for a special dinner or snack for a holiday open house.

These tarts are filled with sweet caramelized onions, tangy cranberries, crunchy pecans, and an earthy sprinkle of fresh rosemary. They go especially well with a wedge of Brie or Gorgonzola cheese.

Cranberry Onion Tarts Recipe

Cranberry Onion Tarts

Yield:  6 tarts

Preparation time:  20  minutes
Cooking time:  45 minutes

Ingredients
Crust
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
3 tablespoons ice cold water

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup finely diced yellow onion
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons honey, or to taste*
1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/8 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
Chopped rosemary for garnish, optional

Preparation
Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Add the cold butter. Pulse in 10 second intervals until all ingredients are combine and crumbled. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, and process on low until the a dough ball forms in the bowl, about 20 seconds. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap and place in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

While the dough chills, make the filling by heating the oil in large skillet over medium-high. Add the onion, cook until it softens and begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the cranberries. Cook until they begin to burst and shrink, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the pecans and cook 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the honey, salt, and rosemary.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Roll on a floured surface to 1/4 to 1/3-inch thickness. Cut the dough into 6, 3 1/2 to 4-inch circles. Place each circle of dough into the slot of a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin. Gently press and spread the dough so that it fits into the bottom of the muffin tin and the edges reach about 1/2 way up the side.

Fill each crust with an equal amount of the cranberries and onions. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Let cool for 5 minutes and then use a fork or knife to carefully remove the tarts from the pan. Sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Fresh cranberries are tart. Be sure to taste a bit of the filling before transferring it to the  crust. Add more honey, if desired.

 

Recipe and images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

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8 Family Friendly Meals

8 Family Friendly Meals to Cook and Eat Together

This month, have some fun in the kitchen cooking as a family and then enjoy the results around the table while sharing the meal together!

These 8 delicious family friendly meals are totally worth celebrating. All of them are creative, hearty, full of flavor, and simply perfect for sharing with those you love.

 

Creamy Pork & Apples Skillet Dinner

Creamy Pork & Apples Skillet Dinner from My Life Cookbook

Crustless Zucchini Bacon Quiche

Crustless Zucchini Bacon Quiche from Pass Me Some Tasty

Easy Chili Mac Skillet Dinner

Easy Chili Mac Skillet Dinner from Noshing with the Nolands

Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach and Kale

Turkey Meatloaf with Spinach and Kale from Erica Julson

Farmstand One Pot Wonder

Farmstand One Pot Wonder from Bless this Mess

Rainbow Veggie Pizza

Rainbow Veggie Pizza from MomDot

Steak Tips with Caramelized Onions

Steak Tips with Caramelized Onions from A Family Feast

Pozole Pork Hominy Soup

Pozole Pork Hominy Soup from Fake Food Free

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Dining In for Healthy Families with Aztec Pork

Sharing meals together is important, but it is not always easy. This is exactly why the National Onion Association is proud to support Family & Consumer Sciences Day, “Dining In” for Healthy Families on December 3rd. And, for the occasion we’re sharing our recipe for Aztec Pork, a flavor-filled, healthy dish the whole family can enjoy making and eating.

Family & Consumer Sciences Day (FCS) was chosen in part to honor the founder of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, Ellen Swallow Richards. Her birthday was December 3rd.

From busimage001y farm families, to students, to working professionals, the members of the National Onion Association ask ‘all of you’ to join ‘all of us’ to make the commitment to “Dining In” by preparing and eating a healthy meal together on December 3rd.

Last year, over 127,000 families made the commitment to “Dine In”.  Why not sign up  your family, a group of friends, or your company and be one of the 200,000+ expected to participate this year.

So, what’s for dinner the first Saturday in December?  Aztec Pork, of course! Full of flavor, lean protein, and fresh fruit, Aztec Pork is easy to prepare and ready to eat in an hour.

Aztec Pork Recipe from the National Onion Association

Aztec Pork

Preparation time:  15 minutes
Cooking time:  45 minutes

Yield:  6 servings

Ingredients
2 pork tenderloins, about 3/4 pounds each
10 medium garlic cloves, cut into slivers
1 tablespoon chile powder
1 1/2 cups finely chopped mild onion
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
1/2 ounce unsweetened chocolate
Cinnamon and cumin, a few dashes of each
1/2 to 1 teaspoon Tabasco sauce

For serving:
Warmed corn tortillas
Steamed potatoes, such as red russet or fingerlings
Sliced papaya and banana

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Spike tenderloins on all sides with tip of knife to make pockets for garlic slivers. Push garlic into the holes. Place the pork on a baking sheet. Rub meat with chile powder. Roast for 45 minutes or until a meat thermometer registers 145 degrees F in the thickest part of each tenderloin.

Meanwhile, make the sauce. Sauté onion in skillet with oil until tender, about 6 minutes. Add tomato sauce, water, barbecue sauce, chocolate, cinnamon and cumin. Heat, stirring until chocolate melts. Add Tabasco to taste. Serve pork with sauce, accompanied with tortillas, potatoes and fruit.

Aztec Pork Recipe

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association. Images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association.

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Winning Game Day Chili Recipes

These winning game day chili recipes

can’t be beat!

12 Winning Game Day Chili Recipes

There is a chill in the air and it’s about time for kick-off! Fall is the perfect season to enjoy onions in a favorite game day meal – chili!

Last week we shared our favorite Slow Cooker Chili. Since then, we’ve been searching high and low for more delicious game day chili recipes made with onions. Whether you want a warm bowl filled with beef, chicken, sausage, bean, or even pumpkin chili, these are a few of our favorites.

Stir up a pot and enjoy it with friends while cheering on your team!

12 Winning Game Day Chili Recipes

Easy One Pot Game Day Chili from Pass Me Some Tasty

Winning Chili Recipes with Onions

Slow Cooker Red Chili from Noble Pig

Game Day Chili Recipes

Three Bean Chili with Homemade Chili Seasoning from Taste As You Go

Food Smart Mom

Butternut Squash and Eggplant Beef Chili from Food Smart Mom

Game Day Chili Recipes

Pumpkin and Ground Beef Chili from Karista’s Kitchen

Chili Recipes

Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Chili from TastyThin

Game Day Chili Recipes

Chicken and Green Chile Verde Soup from Taste And See

Chorizo Chicken Chili | Game Day Chili Recipes

Chorizo Chicken Chili with Lime Cilantro Sour Cream from Mamagourmand

Game Day Chili RecipesLenny’s Homemade Chili from Chez Us

Turkey Chili | Game Day Chili Recipes

Turkey Chili with Salsa Verde from A Communal Table

Vegan Chili | Game Day Chili Recipes

Smoky Chipotle Vegan Chili with Cashew Cream from Salty Sweet Life

Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili | Winning Game Day Chili Recipes

Vegan Pumpkin Black Bean Chili from Back to Her Roots

 

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Slow Cooker Chili

Fall is slow cooker chili season!

One of the best game day foods is a bowl full of warm chili. Of course we are big fans because it’s the type of meal that is even better when loaded with onions!

Slow Cooker Chili from the National Onion Association

This isn’t your average slow cooker chili recipe! We went all out for a delicious version that is rich and hearty with tender cubes of sirloin steak. The meat and beans are simmered in the slow cooker with plenty of chopped onion. Then, it gets a second hit of flavor with a generous sprinkle of diced onion just before being served with a little cilantro.

If you would rather have a vegetarian slow cooker chili, we have you covered. We’ve provided a variation for a chili that is equally as hearty and delicious without the meat.

Regardless of which version you choose, this chili is a simple game day dish that you can toss in the slow cooker first thing in the morning. It will be ready by afternoon kick-off. Eat it at a party you are hosting or take it along to your tailgate.

Slow Cooker Chili with Steak and Onions from the National Onion Association

 

Yield:  6 servings

Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus soaking the beans overnight
Cooking time:  7 to 9 hours

Ingredients
1 cup dried pinto beans, sorted and rinsed
1 cup dried red kidney beans, sorted and rinsed
1 1/2 pounds beef sirloin or pork loin, trimmed and cut into 3/4-inch cubes (about 3 1/2 cups)
1 pound yellow or white onions, coarsely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced (about 1 1/3 cups)
1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 1/2 cups prepared salsa
5 cups water
1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
For garnish:  diced onion, chopped cilantro

Preparation
At least 6-8 hours (or overnight) before cooking:  Place dried beans in a bowl and cover with enough water to stand 2-inches above beans.  Soak 6-8 hours or overnight.

Drain beans, place in a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker. Add meat, onion, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, salsa, and water. Cover with the lid. Turn on high setting for 7 to 9 hours, or until meat and beans are fork tender. Stir in the salt to taste.

Serve in bowls topped with diced onion, sour cream, and cilantro.

Vegetarian version: Omit the meat. Add 1 cup canned or frozen chopped and drained mild green chiles, 1/2 cup brown rice, and an additional 1 cup of water. Cook as directed above.

 

Images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

 

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8 Tasty Teriyaki Recipes

Need a dinner idea?

In the mood for something sweet and tangy?

 

Get ready because these delicious teriyaki recipes are going to tickle your taste buds!

 

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Onions are a natural fit for the delicious tangy zip of teriyaki sauce. They can be simmered with the sauce for a bowl of chicken teriyaki with rice or slid onto a skewer of meat and veggies just before grilling. The options are endless and we are excited to share a few of our favorite teriyaki recipes that show off onions!

That’s not all. These creative recipes prove that teriyaki is a flavor that goes well with just about everything. We’re sharing twists on the classic chicken teriyaki, but also tips for stuffing your baked sweet potatoes! Whether you prefer chicken or fish, or if you want to make it a vegetarian meal, you will find a new favorite here.

From kabobs to spring rolls, let your mood guide you and try one of of these teriyaki recipes for dinner tonight!

Teriyaki Recipes | One Pot Teriyaki Chicken Recipe from Diethood

One Pot Easy Teriyaki Chicken Recipe from Diethood

Teriyaki Recipes | Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables Recipe from I Knead to Eat

Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables from I Knead to Eat

Teriyaki Recipes | Hawaiian Teriyaki Fish Burgers Recipe from The Busy Baker

Hawaiian Teriyaki Fish Burgers from The Busy Baker

Teriyaki Recipes | Chicken Teriyaki Meatball Skewers from The Cookie Rookie

Chicken Teriyaki Meatball Skewers from The Cookie Rookie

Teriyaki Recipes | Teriyaki Chicken Loaded Sweet Potatoes Recipe from Unicorns in the Kitchen

Teriyaki Chicken Loaded Sweet Potatoes from Unicorns in the Kitchen

Teriyaki Recipes | Teriyaki Veggie Spring Rolls Recipe from Veggie Primer

Teriyaki Veggie Spring Rolls from Veggie Primer

Teriyaki Recipes | Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Grilled Pineapple and Teriyaki Mayo from The Endless Meal

Hawaiian Hot Dogs with Grilled Pineapple and Teriyaki Mayo from The Endless Meal

Teriyaki Recipes | Sweet and Sour Chicken Teriyaki Stuffed Onions

Sweet and Sour Teriyaki Chicken Stuffed Onions from Onionista

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Sweet and Sour Teriyaki Chicken Stuffed Onions

Do you feel like your meal routine is in a rut?

Well, we have just what you need to break up with boring dinners!

 

~ Stuffed Onions ~

For this creative recipe, sweet and sour teriyaki chicken is served in edible onion cups.

Sweet and Sour Teriyaki Chicken Stuffed Onions | Onionista and The National Onion Association

If you’ve never served your meal in an onion we have great news. It is super simple! It only takes a few minutes to hollow out the onion half. Most of the work for this recipe is done in the oven.

The teriyaki stuffing provides a great way to use up leftover roasted chicken, but you can substitute pork or even shrimp. These teriyaki chicken stuffed onions can be served alone, or add some rice and a side salad.

Sweet and Sour Teriyaki Chicken Stuffed Onions | Onionista and The National Onion Association

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 50 minutes

Ingredients
3 large yellow onions
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¼ teaspoon paprika
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
½ teaspoon minced ginger root
1 cup prepared sweet and sour sauce
1 cup cubed cooked chicken
¾ cup pineapple chunks*, drained and diced
½ cup diced green pepper
Mint sprigs for garnish

Preparation
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Cut each onion in half and peel. Remove the center of the onion halves so that 3 to 4 layers remain and the onion half forms a cup. Reserve the center of the onions.

In a small dish, stir together melted butter with the brown sugar and paprika. Place the onion halves cut-side up in a baking dish. Rub the butter mixture over the onions. Cover the baking dish and bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until the onions start to become tender. Remove from the oven and set aside. Reduce the oven to 350 degrees F.

Mince the centers of the onions to make a ½ cup. Heat the oil in a medium skillet over medium-high. Add the 1/2 cup of onion and ginger. Cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions become transparent. Add the sweet and sour sauce, chicken, pineapple and green pepper. Cook for 1 minute, just until heated through.

Spoon an equal amount of the chicken filling into each of the onion halves. Bake uncovered for 20 more minutes, until all ingredients are heated and the onions are tender. Garnish with sprigs of mint before serving.

*Fresh pineapple, canned pineapple or thawed frozen pineapple may be used in this recipe.

 

Images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

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Grilled Vegetable Escalivada

Want to beat the summer heat?  We think seasonal grilled side dishes are the way to go and our Grilled Vegetable Escalivada is a perfect example! Not only is it easy to make, but the veggies are ready in minutes. If you are unfamiliar with escalivada, it is a Spanish dish of delicious vegetables grilled until sweet, smoky and tender.

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As dishes go, Escalivada is simple to prepare and it goes well with anything you might be grilling whether its steaks, burgers, chicken or fish. Consider chopping up the vegetables to use as a taco filling or a topping for grilled pizzas.  Oh, and did we mention it’s great hot OR cold?!

Grilled Vegetable Escalivada

I recommend using two different varieties of onions in this escalivada. Not only does it add a sweet flavor that complements the other vegetables, it also adds color. A mix of red and yellow or red and white onions really creates a pretty platter when you display this side dish on the dinner table!

Yield: 4 to 6 servings

Preparation time:  15 minutes

Cooking time:  20 minutes

Ingredients:

Vinaigrette

1/3 cup sherry wine vinegar

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

1/3 cup olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

Vegetables

14 asparagus spears, thin

2 medium onions (1 red and 1 white or yellow), cut into thick wedges

6 yellow summer squash, halved lengthwise

1 eggplant cut into thick slices

1 green bell pepper cut into 6 wedges

1 red bell pepper cut into 6 wedges

1 yellow bell pepper cut into 6 wedges

Olive oil to brush vegetables

Preparation

For Vinaigrette Dressing:  Whisk together all ingredients.  Makes about 1 cup.

For Vegetables:  If desired, grill grate may be covered with aluminum foil prior to heating.  Brush cut vegetables with olive oil and place onto grill 4 to 6 inches over medium ash covered coals.  Grill for 10 to 20 minutes, turning once half way through the cooking time.  Vegetables are done when tender and slightly charred.  To serve, place vegetables on serving platter and drizzle with vinaigrette dressing.

Images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

 

 

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