8 Ways To Enjoy Grilled Onions

Everyone knows summer is the perfect time to get as much use as possible out of your grill! Onions are super versatile and can be grilled a bunch of different ways so you can enjoy them all summer long without getting bored!

8 Ways To Enjoy Grilled Onions

Here are some delicious ways to cook onions on the grill!

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Grilled Onion Blossoms with Red Pepper Aioli via Proud Italian Cook

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Marinated Grilled Onions via Dine and Dish

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Grilled Asparagus & Red Onion via Once Upon A Chef

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Grilled Onions with Thyme & Cream via Proud Italian Cook

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Grilled Onion Salad via My Gourmet Connection

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Grilled Curry Shrimp Skewers with Onions via Cookin Canuck

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Smoky Grilled Red Onions via Cooking On The Weekends

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South African Cheese, Grilled Onion & Tomato Panini via The Kitchn

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Outdoors with Onions: Savory Onion Oatmeal

Savory Onion Oatmeal

A warm meal is just what I need after a day of hiking. Despite how hot or strenuous the activity, there is something about the dark, cool atmosphere of the forest that makes a steaming plate of food even more delicious.

The best thing about this meal is how perfect it is for breakfast or dinner. Steel-cut oats are flavored with the savory spices of chili and garlic powders and brightened with fresh chives and basil. Sweet caramelized onions add a balance to the savory flavors. Plus, grain-based meals like this are always better when topped with a fried egg.

This whole meal can be made campside over a fire or on a grill. You’ll need two pans. I like cast iron the best, if those are too heavy to haul, lightweight camping cookware will also work.

Savory Onion Oatmeal

First, before you leave the house, or the night before you prepare them, soak your oats in one cup of water. This will help them cook more quickly once they are on the fire. Prepare the spices by mixing them together and packing them in a small baggie. You can do the same with the herbs and then chop or tear them before you garnish the oatmeal.

The onions will take the longest to cook. So get them started first. Once they are done, you can transfer them to another vessel and fry the eggs in the same skillet while the oatmeal cooks. Once it’s all together, you’ll have a hearty, comforting meal that is sure to boost your energy for another day of activity!

Savory Onion Oatmeal

 Yield: 4 servings
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 1 hour

Ingredients

1 ½ tablespoon unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, sliced
1 cup steel-cut oats, soaked overnight in 1 cup water
1 ½ cups water
½ teaspoon fine ground sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon chili powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
4 large eggs
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon basil leaves, chopped or torn, if large

Preparation

1. In a medium skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and add the onions. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the onions are caramelized to your preferences. The longer they cook, the sweeter they will be.
2. In a deep skillet or medium saucepan, stir together the soaked oats and 1 ½ cups of water.
3. Bring to a simmer over the heat and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. The oatmeal will thicken and the grains will soften.
4. Stir in the salt, pepper, chili powder and garlic powder.
5. Transfer the caramelized onions to a plate or bowl and add the remaining ½ tablespoon of butter to the skillet.
6. Once melted, fry the eggs to your preferences.
7. To serve, place the eggs on top of each portion of oatmeal, add an equal amount of onions to each serving and garnish with chives and basil.

Savory Onion Oatmeal

Enjoy!

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Outdoors with Onions: Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Curry Butter

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potato

Potatoes and onions are a camping food staple, but I like to add an original twist by using sweet potatoes. They tend to cook a little more quickly than Russets for me, and they are delicious when paired with sweet, tender onions and bold spices. In this recipe, a simple butter mixed with curry and garlic powders melts into the potatoes as they cook. It’s a big step up in flavor from the potatoes, onions and butter you might be used to.

This is a recipe that you can complete at home in your oven and warm up at the campsite, or you can cook the potatoes completely on the fire. You can also use just about any variety of potatoes, but large white potatoes like Russets will likely take about 15 more minutes to cook. Regardless of what potatoes you choose and how you cook them, this is a warm and filling meal that can be enjoyed alone or used as a side dish for grilled steak or pan-fried fish.

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Curry Butter

Yield:
4 servings
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

Curry Butter
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
½ teaspoon curry powder
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
¼ teaspoon fine ground sea salt

Potatoes

4 large sweet potatoes
2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
4 squares of aluminum foil, about 12 x 12 inches
1 large yellow onion, halved and then sliced about ¼ inch thick
Extra sea salt and black pepper for serving

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F, if cooking the potatoes at home to warm up later.
2. In a small dish, stir together all ingredients for the butter and set aside.
3. Cut the potatoes lengthwise, leaving ¼ of the bottom of the potato intact. To make cutting and stuffing easier, pierce the potatoes in a few places with a fork and cook them in the microwave for about 2 minutes. You can do this step before leaving home if you plan to prep the potatoes at the campsite.
4. Once slit open, rub the potatoes with ½ teaspoon of olive oil each and then rub each one with ¼ teaspoon of salt.
5. Place each potato on a square of foil. Insert the onion slices into the slit of the potatoes, filling with as much onion as possible.
6. Use a spoon to top each potato with ½ a tablespoon of the curry butter.
7. Rub the top of the potato with the butter and get as much as possible into the slit and around the onions.
8. Wrap each potato tightly with foil.

Cooking method 1:

Bake for 45 minutes, until tender. When cool, pack in a chilled container. Once your campfire has burned for about 20 minutes, lay the wrapped potatoes in the coals and partially cover with coals. Let warm for 15 to 20 minutes. Be careful when opening the foil as hot steam can cause burns. Serve warm, sprinkled with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Cooking method 2:

Store the wrapped, uncooked potatoes in a chilled container. Let the campfire burn for about 20 minutes. Lay the wrapped potatoes in the coals and partially cover with coals. Cook for 45 minutes, until softened. Check a potato after 30 minutes because it is difficult to control the temperature of a campfire. If it’s hot, they may cook more quickly. Be careful when opening the foil as hot steam can cause burns. Serve warm, sprinkled with more salt and pepper, if desired.

Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Enjoy!

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Outdoors with Onions: Sweet and Smoky Onion Snack Mix

Savory Trail Mix via National Onion Association

There is no shortage of snack options when hiking and camping, but the one thing that most snacks have in common is that they are sugary sweet. You can only have so many energy bars and so much plain dried fruit before the idea of one more sweet bite is completely unappealing.

While the main goal may be to replace all the calories you are burning during your hike, it’s a much more pleasant experience if the food tastes good. I find that putting together my own snack mix allows me to get the right balance of flavors that I crave on the trail.

I also have a little secret ingredient that gives it an unexpected sweet and savory kick. Onions! While onions may not be the first thing you think of when creating a trail mix, trust me, you must give it a try. In this recipe tiny bits of onion are caramelized and stirred into a sweet and smoky mix of nuts, seeds and dried fruits.

Savory Trail Mix

You can portion it into small containers and it will stay fresh for up to three days. It is a great option for hiking when you need to break out of boring snacks!

Sweet and Smoky Onion Trail Mix

Yield: About 2 ½ cups
Preparation time: 10 minutes
Baking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients

½ cup finely diced yellow onion
1 cup raw walnuts, halves or pieces
½ cup sliced almonds
½ cup raw or roasted sunflower seeds
½ cup dried cranberries
1 large egg white
½ teaspoon honey
¼ teaspoon fine ground sea salt
¼ teaspoon of chipotle chili powder or smoked paprika

Preparation
1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Spread the onions in a single layer on the baking sheet.
4. Bake for 10 minutes, stirring the onions every 2 to 3 minutes to prevent burning. The onions will begin to caramelize. Some will darken and other pieces will remain white.
5. Remove from the oven and let cool, and transfer to a small plate or bowl.
6. In a medium bowl, stir together the walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds and cranberries.
7. In a small dish, whisk together the egg white, honey, salt and chili powder or smoked paprika. Whisk well for 30 seconds or until the egg white becomes frothy along the edges of the dish.
8. Pour the egg white mixture over the snack mix. Stir well to coat everything evenly. Stir in the onions.
9. Spray the same baking sheet you used to bake the onions with more cooking spray. Spread the snack mix in a single layer on the baking sheet.
10. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes. The nuts should begin to brown and the mix should become dry and crumbly.
11. Remove from the oven, cool and transfer to an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Savory Trail Mix

Happy Hiking!

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Outdoors with Onions

Outdoors with Onions

Summer is here and for the next three weeks I’m inviting you to get outdoors with me and go beyond the grill. I’ve teamed up with recipe developer and nutritional scientist, Lori Rice for some trail-friendly and campfire-cooked foods that feature onions and I cannot wait to share them with you!

To kick-off this series I’m co-hosting a Twitter Party. We’ll be dishing about campfire cooking essentials and fails, trail mix, along with your favorite National Parks and hikes. Hope you can join us!

When: Tuesday July 7th at 2pm ET
Hosts: @Lori_Rice and @Onionista
Hashtag: #OnionsOutdoors

RSVP //bit.ly/OnionsOutdoors

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10 Recipes for National Onion Ring Day

June 22 is National Onion Ring Day!

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To make it easy for you to celebrate this delicious food holiday, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favorite onion ring recipes! Which one will you try?

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Crispy Baked Onion Rings via Sally’s Baking Addiction

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Double Crunch Sweet Maui Onion Rings via The Cozy Apron

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BBQ Chicken Nachos with Buttermilk Onion Rings via How Sweet Eats

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Tequila Battered Onion Rings via Life As A Strawberry

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Sriracha Bacon-Wrapped Onion Rings via Kirbie’s Cravings

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Onion Ring Eggs via Tasty Kitchen

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Everything Pretzel Baked Onion Rings via Oh, Sweet Basil

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Quinoa Crusted Onion Rings via Cooking Quinoa

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Crispy Onion Rings with Jalapeno Dip via Drizzle & Dip

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Baked Onion Ring Dip via Dine and Dish

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12 Delicious Mexican Recipes

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In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we rounded up some of our favorite Mexican recipes to share with all of you! Enjoy!

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Jerk Chicken Tacos with Peach Mango Salsa via Port and Fin

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Spicy Grilled Portobello Tacos via Kristine’s Kitchen

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Steak Tacos with Cilantro Lime Cream via Lovely Little Kitchen

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Carnitas Tacos with Pickled Onion and Salsa Verde via Shared Appetite

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Brie Quesadillas with Brussel’s Sprouts & Beer Glazed Onions via Domesticate Me

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Smoked Gouda & Mushroom Quesadillas via Pinch of Yum

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Pulled Pork and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas via The Novice Chef Blog

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Fajita Quesadilla via The Girl Who Ate Everything

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Easy Beef Enchiladas via Recipe Girl

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Sweet Potato Enchiladas via The Cookie Rookie

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Mexican Pork Rolls with Caramelized Onions via Recipe Tin Eats

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Slow Cooker Enchilada Quinoa Bake via Cooking Classy

Do you have a favorite Mexican recipe that uses onions? Let us know so we can make sure to add to it our Pinterest boards!

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12 Delicious Recipes for Breakfast or Brunch

There’s no better way to start your day than with a delicious breakfast!

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Here are 12 recipes featuring onions that would be perfect for breakfast or brunch!

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Cheddar Onion Hashbrown Cups via Mom Foodie

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Foo Foo Frittata via The Devil Wears Parsley

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Shredded Potato Casserole with Ham and Eggs via Panning the Globe

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Southwest BBQ Chicken Omelet via The First Year

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Goat Cheese Quiche with Caramelized Onions via Foolproof Living

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Potato Hash with Bell Peppers and Onions via The Comfort of Cooking

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Turkey, Kale, Onion & Sundried Tomato Frittata via Table For Two

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Breakfast Tartine with Balsamic Onions and Avocado via The Little Miss Chef

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Onion Ring Fried Egg via BS’ in The Kitchen

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Bacon, Caramelized Onion & Spinach Quiche via Foodography by Chelle

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Spanish Eggs and Ham via She Wears Many Hats

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Baked Eggs with Garlic Kale & Sundried Tomatoes via Nutrition Stripped

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How To Cut An Onion

Onions are a staple ingredient in many weeknight dinners, so you probably find yourself cutting them quite frequently. Everyone has their own method, but today we wanted to give you a quick photo tutorial to show you an easy way to cut an onion!

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How To Dice An Onion:

Step 1: Cut the top off the onion.
**Note: Be sure to leave the root end on! It makes it easier to cut AND it’s where the highest concentration of sulfer compounds reside (what makes you cry) so leaving it intact means less tears while chopping!

Step 2: Peel away the outer skin.

Step 3: Cut the whole onion in half length-wise.

Step 4: Lay each half cut-side down on the cutting board. Make several evenly-spaced cuts from root end to stem end being careful not to cut through the root end.

Step 5: Hold the onion together and make horizontal cuts parallel to the cutting surface. Be sure to leave the root end intact.

Step 6: Make multiple cuts across the onion, adjusting the number of slices for desired dice size. Dispose of the root end.

Bonus tips:

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To cut onion slices or wedges: Cut a whole peeled onion in half from stem to root. Make evenly spaced cuts with the grain.

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For onion rings: Place a whole peeled onion on its side and slice crosswise every 1/4 to 1/2 inch. Separate each slice into individual rings.

 

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Beer Lover’s Happy Hour Twitter Chat

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CHAT WITH US!

Spring is here! And what better way for foodies and beer lovers to celebrate the onset of warmer weather and March Madness than a Twitter party?

Join the National Onion Association’s @Onionista and author @JohnSchlimm to chat about springtime, March Madness, and the food and drink pairings that complement the fun of the season — onions and beer — at #OnionChat this Thursday, March 19th at 8pm ET!

Get ready to share your favorite Spring or March Madness recipes, beers and beer cocktails with the onion and beer experts! Note: This party is intended for our Twitter friends of legal drinking age only. RSVP to join the chat and be entered to win one of four prizes including John’s book, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour — which features more than 325 recipes and beer cocktails and a Sweet n’ Savory Onion set from the National Onion Association (NOA). (Open only to residents of U.S. Click here for official rules.)

Here’s a sneak peak of some of our favorite happy hour menu recipes from John that we’ll be serving up during the party:

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Happy Hour Onion Petals by John Schlimm for The  National Onion Association

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Cabbage Slaw
Black Bean & Corn Salsa

Black Bean and Corn Salsa by John Schlimm for The National Onion Association

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Cheddar & Beer Bisque
Sweet Onion Sliders
Chili Beer Salsa
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The Red-Headed Onionista by John Schlimm for The National Onion Association

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What: #OnionChat Beer Lover’s Happy Hour 

When: Thursday, March 19th at 8pm ET

Hosts: @Onionista @JohnSchlimm

John Schlimm THe Ultimate Beer Lover's Happy Hour

About The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Happy Hour: Over 325 Recipes for Your Favorite Bar Snacks & Beer Cocktails was released in August 2014. It features delicious bar bites – from Sizzling Sriracha Peanuts to Taproom Tacos to Blitzed Bean Soup – and beer cocktails, chuggers, shots, shooters, chasers, punches, floats, and shakes, with nearly 1,000 related pairing suggestions using today’s most popular craft and seasonal beer styles. His now classic and voluminous ode to beer and food, The Ultimate Beer Lover’s Cookbook: More Than 400 Recipes That All Use Beer, was released in 2008.  John is a Harvard-trained educator, activist, artist, businessman, and award-winning author of sixteen books on cooking/entertaining, activism, history, how-to, and fiction. A member of one the oldest and most historic brewing families in the U.S., John currently sits on the Board of Directors at Straub Brewery, Inc.

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