9 Celebration Side Dishes

The holidays are here! Have you started planning your dinner menu yet? Onions are so versatile they can be featured in dishes of all categories.

9 Side Dish Recipes featuring onions for your holiday celebration menu!

Today we wanted to highlight some of the dishes ways you can use them in the side dishes you make for your holiday celebration!

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Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Onion via Jelly Toast

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Rosemary Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Onions via Garnish with Lemon

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Potato & Onion Gratin via Martie Duncan

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Creamy Roasted Red Onions via Miss in the Kitchen

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Baked Pumpkin with Sundried Tomato Paste & Crispy Onions via The Telegraph

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Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Potato Galette via Seasons & Suppers

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Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad with Avocado & Pistachio via Diethood

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French Onion Soup Mac & Cheese via Savory Simple

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Savory Kale & Caramelized Onion Bread Pudding via Sweet Sugar Bean

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Dining In

As a busy mom, I know how hard it can be to get a meal together and your family around the table.  Mealtime is important and I know this.  (If you’re curious, The Truth about Family Meals gives several examples of the benefits of family meals.)  I also know how guilty I feel when I allow us to fall into the habit of eating too many meals away from home.

If you’re like me, here’s an idea. Lay your guilt aside and make a commitment to “Dine In” and share a meal with your family at home on December 3rd.  This day was chosen as Family & Consumer Sciences Day (FCS) to honor the founder of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Ellen Swallow Richards.  December 3rd was Ellen’s birthday.

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Last year, more than 100,000 people committed to preparing and eating a healthy meal together. Join in the fun this year on December 3rd, make it a fun family event and share a meal together.

 

Here is a quick and easy recipe your whole family can enjoy.

Pork and Onions Italiano over Fresh Linguine

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Busy day?  Nothing planned for dinner yet?  Put your worries aside!  This flavorful Italian-inspired family dish is the answer.  Convenience-type ingredients keep the cooking easy, quick, and inexpensive so you can maximize the time with your family.

1-1/4 pounds pork loin sirloin chops or pork shoulder blade steaks

2 teaspoons each oregano and ground cumin

2 tablespoons olive oil

1  medium yellow or white onion (10 ounces), cut into narrow wedges

1  can (14 1/2 ounces) Italian recipe stewed tomatoes

1  package (9 ounce) fresh linguini or fettuccini pasta

Grated Parmesan and fresh or dried minced herbs

Trim off fat from the chops or blade steaks.  Trim the meat from bones, and cut into small cubes.  Dust pork with oregano and cumin.  Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add onions and pork and sauté until cooked through, about 8 minutes.  Add tomatoes and heat.  Cook linguine in boiling water about 2 minutes or as package directs.  Drain and serve with pork-onion sauce on top. Sprinkle with cheese and herbs.

Makes 4 servings.

 

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Onions At The Table

Onions are a holiday cooking staple, and over the past few weeks we’ve shared some of our favorite recipes to help you add onions to your table. From appetizers and entrees, to side dishes that range from light and refreshing to traditionally comforting, the options for incorporating onions are endless.

Thanksgiving recipes featuring onions

The sweet and pungent flavor of storage onions is perfect for holiday foods. A roast turkey breast  will be the star when served with lightly caramelized onions. Quick, crispy onion rings add a delicious touch to fall salads. Scalloped potatoes are a crowd favorite and onions add the right amount of bold bite to balance out the creamy, cheesy goodness. When your meal calls for an easy side dish, no oven required, a mix of red cabbage and onions can really brighten up the table.

This year, as you create the long anticipated meal, consider using onions to bring a rustic, comforting atmosphere to your entire celebration. White and yellow onions complement the seasonal tones of pumpkins or flint corn. The deep purple skin of red onions adds a splash of color.

Thanksgiving centerpiece with pumpkins and onions

For the look we have here, simply fill a basket with decorative pumpkins and add onions of varying colors and sizes. Fill in any gaps with sprigs of thyme and rosemary or twigs of pine.

Thanksgiving centerpiece with onions and pumpkins

You can extend the centerpiece for longer tables by using a table runner of burlap or linen. Place the onions down the center of the table runner at regular intervals and alternate with other decorations like pumpkins or fall flowers. Randomly place a few pieces of the herbs or greens to finish the look.

Also remember that onions can spice up any boring holiday leftovers! Marinated or caramelized onions are delicious on sandwiches or in wraps that use up extra turkey. You can also take a whole onion, hollow it out, and fill it with left over casseroles, vegetables or stuffing and bake until tender. After all of the holiday cooking, get out the slow cooker to give yourself a break from the kitchen. Add onions to your favorite slow cooker recipes to give them more mouthwatering flavor.

Thanksgiving recipes featuring onions

Along with the ideas for tasty foods and creative decorating we have here, we’ve been collecting some more favorites on our Pinterest boards. Be sure to follow us there for inspiration.

We also love seeing your ideas for how you use onions at your holiday table. Share your tips and photos with the hashtag #onionsatthetable.

Text and images by Lori Rice.

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Four Onion Scalloped Potatoes

If you are looking for a recipe that adds a fancy touch to your holiday meal, this is it. A combination of white and red onions adds a pleasant, pungent flavor alongside the rich cream and cheeses surrounding the earthy potatoes.

Four Onion Scalloped Potatoes

Anything you can get done ahead of time saves a lot stress before a big holiday meal. The best part about this recipe is that you can make it the day before, stick in the fridge, and then warm it up and add the final touches just before serving.

Four Onion Scalloped Potatoes

 Yield: 8-10 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes (plus cooling overnight)
Baking time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 6 Russet potatoes
  • ¼ leek, thoroughly washed
  • 1 pint heavy cream
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • ¼ large white onion, julienne cut
  • ¼ large red onion, julienne cut
  • 2 shallots, finely chopped
  • 4 oz. shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 4 oz. shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz. shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives or other herbs for garnish

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.

Peel potatoes and place in water. Cut the white part of the leek into a julienne. With a mandolin or slicing machine, cut the potatoes into thin slices. In a large bowl, combine potato slices, leek, cream, eggs, red and white onion, shallots and 3 ounces of each cheese. Stir in the salt and pepper. There should be enough liquid to almost cover the potatoes.

Spray a 10 x 10 x 2-1/2 baking dish with olive oil spray. Pour the potato mixture into the dish, packing and spreading the ingredients evenly. Cover with foil and bake approximately 1 hour, or until potatoes are easily pierced with a small knife. Uncover and sprinkle the remaining cheeses over the top. Turn the oven up to 400 degrees F and bake uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and let cool. Refrigerate over night.

Prior to serving, cut into squares and remove from baking dish with a spatula. Leave the servings as squares, or cut each square into 2 triangles and arrange on a baking dish coated with olive oil spray. Bake at 350 degrees F for 15 to 20 minutes, until hot all the way through. Place a square or 2 triangles on each plate and garnish with chopped herbs.


Four Onion Scalloped Potatoes

Be sure to check out our other delicious holiday recipes like Roast Turkey Breast with Balsamic Caramelized OnionsMixed Green Salad with Fall Fruits and Frizzled Onions and Red Cabbage and Onions.  Follow us on Pinterest and on Twitter for regular updates.

Recipe by Chef Paul Gregory and provided by the National Onion Association. Text and images by Lori Rice.

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Red Cabbage and Onions with Apples and Apricots

Add some color to the Thanksgiving table! This recipe uses seasonal ingredients to create a vibrant side dish that pairs beautifully with roasted turkey, or just about any braised, grilled, or roasted meat. The lush flavor of the onions goes well with the mildly bitter red cabbage and the sweetness of apple and dried apricot.

Red Cabbage and Onions with Apples and Apricots

Not only does the recipe add cheery, autumn colors to the table. It’s a lifesaver in a busy kitchen. With so many holiday dishes that need to bake in the oven, this one comes together easily on the stovetop.

Red Cabbage and Onions with Apples and Apricots

Yield: 6 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 ½ lbs. yellow onions, thinly-sliced
  • ½ lb. red cabbage, thinly-sliced or shredded
  • 1 ½ lbs. Granny Smith apples, cored and diced into medium pieces
  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest

Preparation

Heat oil in a large sauté pan, add onions and stir well. Cook 8-10 minutes on medium-high heat. Add cabbage, apples, apricots, salt and pepper. Cook 3-4 minutes.

Add vegetable broth and caraway seeds. Stir to mix all ingredients. Cover cabbage mixture and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook an additional 10-12 minutes, stirring occasionally. Before serving, stir in parsley and orange zest and keep warm.


Red Cabbage and Onions with Apples and Apricots

Be sure to check out our other delicious holiday recipes like Roast Turkey Breast with Balsamic Caramelized Onions  and Mixed Green Salad with Fall Fruits and Frizzled Onions. Follow us on Pinterest and on Twitter for regular updates.

We also love your feedback! Share how you are making a place for onions at the holiday table and use the hashtag #onionsatthetable! 

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association. Text and images by Lori Rice

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Mixed Greens with Roasted Fall Fruit, Frizzled Onions and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

With all the heavy, filling dishes on the holiday table, a refreshing salad makes a nice side dish to balance out the menu. The frizzled onions with the fall flavors of this salad offer just the right touch to let you know you are celebrating a special occasion.

Mixed Greens with Roasted Fall Fruit, Frizzled Onions and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

You’ll want to hang onto this recipe for the onions. These crispy rings have so many more uses than a salad topper. Make up a batch to serve as an appetizer while your guests watch the football game, or sprinkle them over other favorites like green bean casserole or scalloped potatoes.

Mixed Greens with Roasted Fall Fruit, Frizzled Onions and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

Yield: 6 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes (plus 1 hr to soak onions)
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

Frizzled Onions:

  • 1 medium red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ancho chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Roasted Fruit:

  • 1 Granny Smith apple
  • 1 Asian pear
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon                                                             

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
  • ½ cup olive oil

Other:

  • 6 to 8 cups mixed salad greens
  • 8 oz Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • 1/3 cup toasted pecans 

Preparation

For Frizzled Onions:
Place onions in a large bowl and cover with buttermilk. Let sit a minimum of one hour. Mix flour, chili powder, salt and pepper in a shallow dish. Preheat oil in deep fryer or a deep skillet to 375 degrees. Drain onions and discard the buttermilk. Toss the onion in the flour mixture, separating the rings and coating completely. Fry in small batches until onion rings are golden. Drain on a plate lined with a paper towel. Keep warm in a warm oven.

For Roasted Fruit:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Core and slice apple and pear into 1/4-inch thick slices. In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add sugar and cinnamon, stirring until melted. Add the fruit to the saucepan and completely coat fruit with cinnamon mixture. Spread the fruit out on baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

For Dressing:
Combine vinegar, honey and mustard in electric blender or food processor. Blend, then slowly add oil, blending until incorporated. Refrigerate. This may be made a day ahead.

To serve:
Place the lettuce in a large serving bowl. Pour in the dressing and toss to coat all of the lettuce. Sprinkle the cheese and pecans over the salad and top with the roasted fruit and frizzled onions.


Be sure to check back regularly for the delicious recipes and holiday tips we’ll be posting over the next few weeks. Follow us on Pinterest and on Twitter for regular updates.

Mixed Greens with Roasted Fall Fruit, Frizzled Onions and Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

We also love your feedback! Share how you are making a place for onions at the holiday table and use the hashtag #onionsatthetable!

Recipe by Chef Sam Etheridge and provided by the National Onion Association. Text and images by Lori Rice.

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10 Ways To Bake With Onions

Cooler weather is here and that means one thing – the start of baking season! Turning on the oven is the perfect way to warm up the kitchen and create something delicious to eat at the same time!

10 ways to bake with onions

Some people think only of savory, dinner time dishes when they think about onions but the truth is they’re super versatile and can be used in a variety of dishes, including baked goods!

We rounded up 10 delicious recipes for you to try:

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Easy Cheese & Onion Bread via Drizzle and Dip

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Mushroom Onion Scones via Baking Obsession

Caramelized Onion Pinwheels

Caramelized Onion Cheesy Pinwheels via Will Cook For Smiles

Onion Rolls

Onion Rolls via A Baker’s House

French Onion Soup Puffs

French Onion Soup Puffs via Simply Delicious

Savory Onion Mini Muffins

Savory Mini Muffins with Goat Cheese, Red Onion & Rosemary via Tablespoon

Caramelized Onion & Spinach Quickbread

Caramelized Onion & Spinach Quick Bread via Cookin’ Canuck

Caramelized Onion & Apple Cornbread

Cornbread with Caramelized Apple & Onions via A Little Saffron

Sour Cream and Onion Donuts

Sour Cream and Onion Donuts via The Kitchn

Onion Rosemary Breadsticks

Onion Rosemary Breadsticks via Haniela’s

 

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Roast Turkey Breast with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Glazed Dried Cranberries

Let’s be honest. The turkey is the centerpiece of the Thanksgiving table, but it is often not everyone’s favorite part of the meal. You can change that this year by pairing the savory, tender meat and earthy herbs with the delicate sweetness of lightly caramelized onions. This recipe goes a step further by adding a slight tanginess from balsamic vinegar and then it’s topped off with a mildly tart cranberry sauce.

Roast Turkey Breast with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Glazed Dried Cranberries

This recipe is simple to prepare. Once you have the bird rubbed down and in the oven, you can work on the onions and cranberries so that it all easily comes together when it’s time to serve. It’s quite the show-stopper when the golden brown turkey breast is set over the onions. Your family and friends will be ready to dig in!

Roast Turkey Breast with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Glazed Dried Cranberries

Yield: 10 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Baking time: 2 hours
Cooking time: 20 minutes

 Ingredients

  • 1, 7 lb. whole turkey breast, or 2 half-breasts (about 3-1/2 pounds each)
  • 7 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced
  • 4 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 ½ teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 6 medium yellow onions (about 3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Glazed Dried Cranberries (recipe follows)
  • Parsley, thyme or rosemary or other fresh herbs for garnish (optional)

Preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Rub turkey on all sides with 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar. Sprinkle all sides with 3 teaspoons each of rosemary and thyme. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt and ½ teaspoon of pepper. Place in roasting pan and roast at 350 degrees for 1 ½ to 2 hours or until a meat thermometer registers 165 degrees. Halfway through roasting time, baste with 2 more tablespoons vinegar.

Meanwhile, peel, halve and slice onions. In 12-inch skillet over medium heat, sauté onions in oil for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until soft and light golden. Stir in 1 teaspoon each of rosemary and thyme, 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

To serve, make a ring of onions on platter. Place turkey in center and top with a spoonful of Glazed Dried Cranberries (recipe below). Pass remaining sauce. Garnish the turkey with fresh herbs, if desired.


Glazed Dried Cranberries: In a medium saucepan, combine 2 (5 ounce) packages dried cranberries with 1 ½ cups undiluted frozen orange juice concentrate and 1 ½ cups water. Bring to boil over high heat and then reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 5 minutes. Whisk 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar and stir into sauce. Heat briefly, stirring until thickened and glossy. Puree in a blender for a smooth sauce, if desired. Makes 3 cups.


Be sure to check back regularly for the delicious recipes and holiday tips we’ll be posting over the next few weeks. Follow us on Pinterest and on Twitter  for regular updates.

Roast Turkey Breast with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Glazed Dried Cranberries

We also love your feedback! Share how you are making a place for onions at the holiday table and use the hashtag #onionsatthetable!

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association. Text and images by Lori Rice

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Bring On The Onions!

Thanksgiving will soon be here and onions are an essential part of so many holiday dishes. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite recipes and plenty of tips for how to use sweet, succulent onions throughout the holiday season.

Thanksgiving recipes featuring onions

 

And we won’t stop at your plate. Onions make stunning additions to autumn and winter centerpieces and holiday décor. We have a few ideas up our sleeve for enjoying the beauty of onions as much as you enjoy the delicious taste.

Thanksgiving centerpiece with pumpkins and onions

Before we get started, though, let’s review the basics. Since onions are available at your supermarket year round, you might be unaware that onions have seasons. Based on when they are harvested, onions grown in the U.S. can be divided into two categories, spring/summer onions and fall/winter onions.

Fall/winter onions are referred to as storage onions and they are available August through May. You can find yellow, red and white storage onions that are characterized by multiple layers of thick, darker colored skin. What makes these onions ideal for storage is their lower water content which gives them a longer shelf-life.

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The flavors of storage onions range from mild to pungent. With yellow storage onions you can expect a strong onion flavor, but with a mild aftertaste. Red onions this time of year are typically sharp, spicy and pungent. White storage onions are bold and pungent, but they have a cleaner, crisper flavor than yellow or red storage varieties. Storage onions are best for savory dishes that require longer cooking times. A perfect fit for so many holiday recipes!

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Don’t be afraid to stock up on storage onions this time of year. Keep them in a cool, dark place with plenty of air movement and keep them out of plastic bags. These bags reduce airflow and promote spoilage.

Peel and cut the onions only when you are close to cooking and serving them. If you have leftover peeled or cut onions, they can be refrigerated for up to 7 days in a sealed container. So feel free to do a little onion prep a few days before the holiday meal.

Be sure to check back regularly for the delicious recipes and holiday tips we’ll be posting over the next few weeks. Follow us on Pinterest  and on Twitter for regular updates.

We also love your feedback! Share how you are making a place for onions at the holiday table and use the hashtag #onionsatthetable!

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12 Soups Made With Onions

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Whether as the main ingredient or as a complimentary flavor source, onions and soup go hand-in-hand. Warm up with these comforting bowls of goodness.

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Philly Cheesesteak Soup via The Cozy Apron

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Chilled Cucumber Soup via It’s Yummi

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Curried Pumpkin Soup with Bacon & Maple Onions via The Endless Meal

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French Onion Butternut Squash Soup via Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice

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Guinness French Onion Soup via Closet Cooking

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Perfect Potato Soup via The Pioneer Woman

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Onion & Turnip Soup via Tales of a Kitchen

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Caramelized Onion & Carrot Soup via The Tomato Tart

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One Pot Pasta E Fagioli via The Kitchn

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup via No Whey, No Cow

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Slow Cooker Chili via The National Onion Association

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Sunchoke Soup with Caramelized Onions via Turntable Kitchen

Do you have a favorite soup featuring onions? Share it with us in the comments below!

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