Sizzling Steak and Onion Fajitas

In the mood for a fiesta?!  These sizzling fajitas are perfect for Cinco de Mayo, yet simple enough for any meal occasion.  Who knows, they just might be your new ‘go-to’ for dinner.

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Lean steak is marinated in a blend of onions, garlic, peppers, and lime juice for tender slices of meat. Then, even more delicious onions are sautéed with colorful bell peppers. It all comes together in the skillet before filling warmed flour tortillas. Be sure to serve them with your favorite toppings like jack cheese, guacamole, sour cream, and salsa!

The onion-based marinade is delicious! Feel free to experiment by substituting chicken for the steak, or make it a plant-based meal and use sliced mushrooms!  This fajita filling could easily be used as a topping for tostadas, or the ultimate taco salad! Whichever way you choose, one thing is for sure; these fajitas must make their way onto your dinner table soon!

Sizzling Steak and Onion Fajitas

Yield:  6 servings

Preparation time:  15 minutes (plus 2 hours for marinating)

Cooking time:  20 minutes

Ingredients:

Marinated Steak:

1 cup coarsely chopped onion

10 medium to large garlic cloves

5 Serrano peppers, stemmed and seeded

1/2 cup fresh lime juice

2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

2 tablespoons packed brown sugar

4 teaspoons chile powder

1 ¾ lb. top sirloin steak, about 1-inch thick

Fajitas

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 medium onions, cut into narrow wedges

2 to 3 bell peppers thinly sliced

12 flour tortillas, warmed

2 limes, wedged

1 lb. Monterey jack or jalapeno jack cheese, grated

Sour cream and salsa for serving

Preparation:

For marinated steak:  In a food processor, finely chop the onion, garlic and peppers.  Add remaining marinade ingredients and process to blend.  Reserve half of marinade and refrigerate.  Spread remaining half of marinade on steak, coating all sides.  Pierce steak with a fork for extra marinade penetration, if desired.  Cover and marinate in refrigerator from 2 to 12 hours.

Remove steak and discard meat marinade.  Warm an outdoor grill, or grill pan on the stove to high heat. Grill the steak for 8 to 10 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

At the same time, heat butter and oil in a large skillet over high heat.  Add onions and peppers, sautéing for 6 to 8 minutes until tender.  Add reserved marinade to onion mixture and heat through.  Slice steak across grain into narrow strips.  Toss steak strips with onion mixture in skillet.

To serve:  Fill tortilla with beef-onion combination.  Squirt with lime juice, if desired.  Top with grated cheese, sour cream and salsa.

 

Images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

 

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Entertain with Onions: 10 Party Appetizers

Warmer weather means more opportunities to entertain with onions. Whether you’re in need of a quick dip, vegetarian app, or a savory flat bread we’ve got you covered with 10 Party Appetizers made with onions.

10 Party Appetizers Made with Onions

Caramelized-Onion-Cheesy-Pinwheels-1-from-willcookforsmiles.com-appetizer-partyfood-pinwheels1. Caramelized Onion Cheesy Pinwheels via Will Cook for Smiles

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2. Caramelized Sweet Onion Hummus via National Onion Association

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3. Ranch and Onion Cheeseball via Dessert Now Dinner Later

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4. Caramelized Onion Flat Bread via Salt & Wind

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5. Reduced Guilt Caramelized Onion Spinach Dip via Bake your Day

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6. Thai Salad Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce via National Onion Association

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7. Triple Onion and Cheese Tart via Woman’s Day Kitchen

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8. Vegetarian Stuffed Mushrooms via Jo Cooks

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9. Watermelon Salsa via iSave A to Z

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10. Roasted Cherry Tomato and Sweet Onion Dip via White on Rice Couple

Do you have a favorite party appetizer that uses onions? Share it with us in the comments below! We would love to add it to our Pinterest boards!

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Pesto Flatbread with Sweet Onions and Asparagus

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When spring arrives, it brings crisp sweet onions. These juicy yellow onions are mild in flavor with little to no aftertaste; perfectly delicious to eat raw or lightly cooked.

This pesto flatbread is a blend of baked goodness and fresh produce, the ideal canvas for showing off your favorite brand of sweet onion. A rich pesto is blended into the dough and then the flatbread is studded with onion slices before being baked. Add these three simple toppings: asparagus ribbons, goat cheese, and toasted walnuts you have a light and flavorful addition to any brunch menu.

If you are in a rush, substitute a store-bought dough and pesto for the homemade version in this recipe. You can even chop the asparagus instead of making the thin ribbons.

Whether you make this from scratch or you use a few pre-made ingredients, this recipe can easily be added to your spring brunch menu as mentioned. This is a great recipe for a light appetizer, or as a complete meal when paired with a soup or salad.

Pesto Flatbread with Sweet Onions and Asparagus

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Baking time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

Pesto:
1 cup loosely packed basil leaves
2 tablespoons raw chopped walnuts
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 clove garlic, peeled
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt

Place the basil, walnuts, Parmesan cheese and garlic in a small food processor or blender. Pulse until the ingredients are finely chopped. Add the olive oil and salt. Blend until a smooth, but thick paste forms.

Flatbread:
1/2 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees F.)
1 teaspoon dry active yeast
1 teaspoon white granulated sugar
1-1/2 cups unbleached, all-purpose flour
Extra virgin olive oil
3 ounces thick asparagus stalks, trimmed (about 3 thick stalks)
1/2 medium sweet yellow onion, sliced
2 tablespoons toasted chopped walnuts
2 to 3 ounces goat cheese

In a small bowl, sprinkle yeast over the warm water. Add the sugar and stir a few times. Let sit until the yeast blooms, about 5 minutes.

Add flour to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. Turn the mixer on low; pour in the yeast. Mix on medium, until the dough comes together to form a ball or about two minutes. It may be slightly dry at this point.

Add the pesto to the mixer. With the mixer on medium, mix until the pesto is blended into the dough or for about a minute. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for about 3 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic.

Form the dough into a ball. Coat a large bowl and the ball of dough lightly with olive oil. Place the dough in the bowl, cover with a clean dish towel and let rise for about one hour or until it doubles in size.

While the dough rises, use a vegetable peeler to peel the asparagus stalks into thin ribbons. Carefully peel as much as possible from each stalk. Protect your hands by laying the stalk flat on a sturdy surface while your work. Next, bring about 2 cups of water to a boil in a medium-saucepan. Add the asparagus ribbons to the boiling water and cook for 60 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate covered in a paper towel to drain.

Spray a baking sheet with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray. Punch down the dough and place it on the baking sheet. Use your hands or a rolling pin to spread to an 11 to 12-inch circle.

Arrange the onion slices on the top of the dough. Start with the larger slices and fill in with the smaller slices, working your way around the surface of the dough. Gently press the onion slices into the dough. Let rise for 15 more minutes.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Bake the flatbread for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.

Remove the flatbread from the oven and brush the surface with olive oil. Serve warm topped with asparagus, toasted walnuts and small crumbles of goat cheese.

 

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Recipe and images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

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Sweet Onion Beer Bread

Sweet Onion Bread

Did you know that onions are seasonal? Onions vary in color, flavor, size, and time of the year harvested. Spring and summer onions are different from fall and winter onions. Spring and summer onions have a sweet to mild flavor. Many sweet onions are sold under a specific name like Walla Walla or Vidalia. California and Texas sweet onions kick off the sweet onion season. They are followed by Vidalia and Walla Walla Sweet Onions.

An important tip to remember about sweet onions is that they have a higher water content than most onions. This causes them to have a shorter shelf life and makes them bruise easier.

For more information on onions be sure to check out this link All About Onions.

Sweet onions are very versatile. They can be served raw, sauteed, lightly cooked, or grilled. They can also be added to recipes like this simple and delicious beer bread. Make it for your next dinner party, cookout, or even as an appetizer for the big game.

If you have any left overs, use the bread to make a delicious and flavorful sandwich.

Make sure to pin our image below so you’ll be ready to make an easy and delicious bread next time you entertain.

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Sweet Onion Beer Bread

Ingredients: 

2 tsp+ 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp minced garlic
1-1/2 cup white whole wheat flour
1-1/2 cup all purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 can of beer

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a bread pan with nonstick cooking spray. Add 2 tsp of olive oil to the pan to evenly coat the bottom of the pan.

Cook 1/2 of the onion in 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir the onion frequently until they begin to brown. About 5 minutes.  Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until the onions are soft and a medium brown color. 20- 25 minutes.

Add garlic and saute for 1 minute.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder. Slowly pour the can of beer into the dry mixture. Mix well. Add the garlic and onion to the batter. The batter should be sticky. Pour the bread batter into the greased pan. Drizzle the batter with remaining 1 Tbsp of olive oil.

Bake for 50 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted into the bread comes out clean. Let bread cool for 10 minutes. Then remove it from the bread pan.
Serve warm with butter.

 

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Caramelized Sweet Onion Hummus

Caramelized Sweet Onion Hummus via National Onion Association

Spring is finally here! Bringing with it warmer weather, cook outs, and of course, March Madness. This Caramelized Sweet Onion Dip is the perfect appetizer to make for the big game or for your next gathering with friends. Make it ahead then serve with veggies, pita bread, or crackers.

What makes this hummus extra special is the caramelized sweet onion. Spring is the beginning of sweet onion season kicking off with sweet onions from California and Texas followed by Vidalia then Walla Walla. Their sweet and mild flavor makes them the perfect addition to salads, pizzas, sandwiches, and, of course, this hummus. Make sure to pin our image below so you’ll be ready for an easy and delicious appetizer next time you entertain.

Caramelized Sweet Onion Hummus via National Onion Association

Caramelized Sweet Onion Hummus

Ingredients: 

1 whole garlic head
4 Tbsp + 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided
1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 15-ounce can of chickpeas
1 Tbsp lemon juice (about 1/2 of a lemon)
1/2 cup tahini
1 tsp salt

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut the top off of the head of garlic and place cut side down on a pan and drizzle with 1 tsp of olive oil. Bake for 20- 30 minutes or until garlic is soft. Let cool. Once cool, squeeze out the garlic from each clove.

Cook onion in 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir the onion frequently until they begin to brown. Reduce the heat to low and continue to cook until the onions are soft and a medium brown color.

Rinse and drain chickpeas reserving 3 Tbsp chickpea liquid. Add chickpeas, liquid, lemon juice, tahini, garlic, salt, 3 Tbsp olive oil, and onions to a food processor or high powered blender. Blend together until everything is combined and hummus is smooth.

Serve with pita bread, veggies, or crackers.

Caramelized Sweet Onion Hummus via National Onion Association

 

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Irish Nachos with Cider-Braised Onions

Irish Nachos with Cider-Braised Onions by Lori Rice for National Onion Association

Add a creative twist to St. Patrick’s Day with Irish Nachos. Why Irish? Homemade potato chips serve as the base instead of tortilla chips. Don’t worry, homemade chips are a breeze. And, of course, nachos wouldn’t be complete without onions so we managed to incorporate them in two tasty ways. First, sliced yellow onions are braised with Irish cider for a bit ‘o rich sweetness to balance the saltiness of the fried potatoes. Then, we finish off the dish with a sprinkle of chopped red onion for a zest ‘o flavor and cheery spring color!

To make this recipe alcohol-free, simply substitute apple cider or chicken stock. Or, skip braising all together and make caramelized onions using our favorite recipe. Then, get creative with adding even more toppings you enjoy! I’m thinking the addition of black beans, pickled jalapenos, or a little roasted corn would be equally delicious. Cheers!

Irish Nachos with Cider-Braised Onions by Lori Rice for The National Onion Association

Irish Nachos with Cider-Braised Onions

Yield: 4 to 6 servings
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
Homemade Potato Chips

2-1/2 pounds Russet potatoes, sliced at 1/8 to 1/4-inch thickness*
4 cups cold water
1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
Peanut oil
Fine ground sea salt

Braised Onions

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 large yellow onion, sliced into rings
4 oz. dry Irish cider*

Nacho Toppings

4 oz. cheddar cheese, shredded
4 oz. cooked bacon, crumbled
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 jalapeno pepper, diced, ribs and seeds removed
1/4 cup diced red onion

Preparation

1. Place sliced potatoes in a large bowl; pour in the water and vinegar and stir. Soak for 15 minutes, then drain and pat the potato slices dry with a clean kitchen towel. While the potatoes soak, start the onions.

2. Melt butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and stir to separate the rings. Cook for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Lower the heat to medium-low and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Carefully stir in the cider and continue to cook the onions for 15 to 20 more minutes, until they reach your desired level of browning. They should be soft, golden brown, and sweet.

3. Fill a 4 to 5-quart pot or deep frying pan about 1/3 full with oil. Heat to 375 to 400 degrees F over medium-high heat, or follow the directions for heating your electric fryer. Working in batches, fry the potato slices for about 5 minutes, until golden brown. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the potatoes from the fry to a platter covered with paper towels to drain the oil. Sprinkle with sea salt to taste while warm.

4. To serve, transfer the potatoes to a serving plate. Top with braised onions, and sprinkle with cheese and crumbled bacon. Place a dollop of sour cream in the center of the nachos and finish by garnishing with diced jalapeno and red onion.

* The thinner your slices the more quickly they will fry and the crispier they will be. Thicker slices will have crisp edges and softer centers, like potato wedges or home fries.

** Substitute any type of stock or leave the liquid out all together.

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Recipe and images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

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15 Tips and Tricks Using Onions

Did you know that you can clean a grill with an onion? Or even dye Easter eggs with the skin? Aside from their flavor and health benefits, onions have many other functions.  Today we are sharing 15 of our favorite awesome tips and tricks all using onions.

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Want to be an onion pro?  Tired of crying while cutting your onions? This post has you covered! From buying to cooking onions and everything in between we’ve included basic onion how-to’s plus a few new twists.

Spicy Onions-21. How To Take The Bite Out of an Onion via The Kitchn

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2. Pickled Red Onions by a farmgirl’s dabbles

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3. How To Make an Onion Flower (Blooming Onion) via Sun Gazing

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4.  How To Keep an Avocado From Browning Using an Onion via Food52

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5. How To Store Onions in Pantyhose via BuzzFeed

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6. How To Make a Vegan Cream Sauce With Onions via Food52

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7. How To Caramelize Onions In The Slow Cooker via Smart Nutrition

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8. How To Clean The Grill With An Onion via Holley Grainger Nutrition

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9. How To Store an Onion via National Onion Association

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10. How To Cut an Onion via National Onion Association

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11. How To Freeze Onions and How It Saves You Money via Eating on a Dime

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12. How To Dye Easter Eggs with an Onion  via How Does She

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13. How To Caramelize Onions In Under 45 Minutes via Plating Pixels

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14. How To Perfectly Grill Onions via National Onion Association

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15. How To Cut an Onion Without Crying via Real Talk Moms

BONUS:

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How To Glam Up Onions  via Huffington Post

Do you have a favorite no-fail trick using onions? If so, leave it in the comment below for the chance to be featured on future blog posts or on Twitter.

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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

Potato gratin with cream and cheese

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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