Layer Up with Onions This Winter

When the days get shorter and cold weather approaches, it's time to step into the kitchen and rediscover those favorite wintertime meals.

A must-have ingredient for the season is the humble, yet flavorful onion. Known for their bold, robust, flavor, onions this time of year are perfect for adding a comforting and savory dimension to virtually every meal.

Available September through April, yellow, red and white onions grown in the United States and harvested in the fall/winter have less water content than spring/summer varieties. Less water results in onions with a more pungent flavor and the ability to keep longer when stored in a cool, dry, well-ventilated place.

Often referred to as storage or cooking onions, fall/winter varieties can be used in any recipe, but are ideal for soups, roasts or slow cooked dishes. For raw applications like salads and sandwiches, they can be soaked in cold water overnight to lessen their pungency.

Classic Onion Soup is one of the National Onion Association's favorite cold weather recipes. Topped with bubbly melted cheese and served with a crisp green salad or fresh raw veggies, this makes a simple and delicious noonday or evening meal.

For a hearty, satisfying dinner, try Oniony Meatloaf. Sauteed onions give this traditional recipe an extra layer of savory flavor. And, since the recipe makes two loaves, it is perfect for a crowd or for making meatloaf sandwiches for an easy, delicious second meal.

After a cold, busy day, warm up over a plate of Pasta Italiano with Onion and Pork. The combination of cumin, chili powder, onions and tomatoes give this Italian-inspired dish a zesty twist while convenient ingredients keep the cooking easy and inexpensive.

For more recipes using onions visit www.onions-usa.org/recipes

About the National Onion Association
Founded in 1913, the National Onion Association (NOA) is the official organization to represent growers, shippers, brokers, and commercial representatives of the U.S. onion industry. NOA strives to preserve and improve the business environment of all participants in the industry, educate consumers about onion’s many uses and health benefits. For more, visit www.onions-usa.org.



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