Caramelized Vidalia Onion Squares

 

Caramelized Vidalia Onion Squares

Caramelized Vidalia Onion Squares are made with a quick bread batter that’s spiced with parsley or caraway seeds and topped with caramelized Vidalia onions and sour cream before baking. A great side with which to accompany meat, poultry, or seafood entrees, Caramelized Vidalia Onion Squares are even great with cheeseburgers for a change from the traditional hamburger buns!

The Recipe

Caramelized Vidalia Onion Squares
Serves 6
A quick bread topped with caramelized onions and sour cream which makes a delicious side with meats, poultry and/or seafood.
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Cook Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 cups sliced onions
  2. 2 tablespoons butter
  3. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  4. 2 cups flour
  5. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1 teaspoon salt
  7. 1/4 cup butter (or vegetable shortening)
  8. 2 tablespoons chopped parsley OR 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  9. 1 cup milk
  10. 1/3 cup sour cream
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Cook the onions, covered in butter and olive oil until tender and lightly browned. Cool.
  3. Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter (or shortening) until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.
  4. Add the parsley (or caraway seeds) and milk and stir until all the flour is moistened.
  5. Turn into a well-greased 8" square pan. Spread onions over the top and cover with sour cream.
  6. Bake about 20 minutes. Cut into squares and serve hot.
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How to Caramelize Onions 

Caramelized onions add so much flavor to any dish to which they are added such as pizza, sandwiches and hamburgers. I still remember the first time I ate caramelized onions on a hamburger as I was so impressed with the great flavor provided by them. After enjoying that burger so much I had to learn how to make caramelized onions myself!

The process of caramelizing onions isn’t difficult but it does take time and a little patience as it can take  30 minutes or more to caramelize onions. It’s interesting that it takes 2 cups of sliced onions to make enough caramelized onions for the Caramelized Vidalia Onion Squares recipe because onions “cook down” into a lesser amount. They “sweat” and lose some of their water content while cooking.

To caramelize onions, add butter and olive oil to a skillet over medium low heat. Add some salt to your taste. Some people add a teaspoon of sugar to help the caramelization process but sugar is optional. Cover the pan for 15 to 20 minutes and allow the onions to sweat, stirring occasionally. Uncover the pan and continue to cook, stirring frequently, until onions are golden brown. I don’t allow the onions to get any darker than golden brown because they will be in the oven for 20 minutes on top of the Caramelized Vidalia Onion Squares. Caramelized onions can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week or frozen for up to one month.

Vidalia Onions

The most praised and prized Southern onion is the Vidalia onion. Vidalia onions are mild, sweet and delicious – raw or cooked. The onions are named for the area in which they are grown, around Vidalia, Georgia. Due to the low amount of sulfur in the soil in which Vidalia onions are grown this variety is unusually sweet.

Over the years as the popularity of Vidalia onions continued to increase, local support soared also. Vidalia onions have their own annual festivals – one in Glennville, Georgia which started in 1977 and one in Vidalia, Georgia that began in 1978 – traditions that continue to this day! In 1990 Vidalia onions were named the official vegetable of the State of Georgia.

Another interesting fact is that the Piggly-Wiggly Supermarket chain was headquartered in Vidalia, Georgia. Piggly-Wiggly Supermarkets recognized the potential of the mild, sweet Vidalia onions and helped local farmers get their well-favored onions onto the supermarket shelves.

The popularity of Vidalia onions continues to grow. No longer just a “Southern thing” vidalias are available across the US and Canada today.

In conclusion, Caramelized Vidalia Onion Squares could also be used at brunch or cut into smaller squares to be offered as appetizers. Stews, chili and soups may be enhanced with a serving of delicious, savory Caramelized Vidalia Onion Squares. Make some caramelized onions and try this quick bread soon!

If you don’t have access to Vidalia Onions any other mild, sweet onion will work well in this recipe.

Remember to Savor the Flavor!

Janet

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread

 

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread is a quick bread chock full of grated zucchini, cocoa, mini chocolate chips and sour cream. As a vegetable, zucchini is probably most often served in savory dishes but Chocolate Zucchini Bread fits into the “sweet” category, in fact it’s almost cakelike! What a way to eat your vegetables!

Versatile Zucchini

Zucchini is a summer squash that can grow very large in size. In fact, the longest zucchini (thus far) was grown in Canada in August 2014 and measured a full 8 feet 3 inches long! WOW! We’ve had some large zucchini in our backyard garden but nothing approaching 8 feet long!


Zucchini is called zucchini is the United States, Australia and Germany. In France, Great Britain, Ireland and New Zealand zucchini is called courgette. Zucchini had its origin in the Americans but many varieties of squash typically called zucchini were developed in Italy, after being introduced from the Americas.

Zucchini is easy to cultivate in temperate climates and has a reputation among home gardeners for overwhelming production. I can personally attest to that as zucchini seems to produce such abundance that you have to give some away to stay ahead of it! Fortunately squash and zucchini freeze well for future use. (See my post on How to Freeze Squash by clicking here.)

Many cultures like, use and prepare zucchini in different ways. Pancakes, quick breads, cookies, soups and stews may contain zucchini. Zucchini can be stuffed and baked. Zucchini may be battered and fried. Some cultures even eat the flowers from squash and zucchini by dipping them first in a light batter and then frying them.

Recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Yields 2
A quick bread made with cocoa, grated zucchini and mini chocolate chips! Great with a smear of cream cheese or just plain!
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Ingredients
  1. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  3. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  4. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  5. 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
  6. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  7. 1 cup granulated sugar
  8. 1/4 cup brown sugar
  9. 3 eggs
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla
  11. 1/2 cup sour cream
  12. 3 cups grated zucchini
  13. 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips
Topping
  1. 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  3. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray two loaf pans (8" or 9") with cooking spray or butter and flour each pan and set aside.
  2. Mix the topping ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Measure flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder in a bowl and stir to combine. Set aside.
  4. In a mixer bowl, combine oil, sugars, and eggs and mix until slightly fluffy, about 2 minutes.
  5. Add vanilla and sour cream and mix until combined.
  6. Add the grated zucchini and mix until combined.
  7. Toss the mini chocolate chips into the flour mixture, then add the flour mixture to the mixer bowl and mix until just combined.
  8. Divide the batter between two pans, and sprinkle topping over each.
  9. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 50-60 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  10. Cool pans on wire rack for 10 minutes then remove from pans.
Notes
  1. Chocolate Zucchini Bread is delicious warm or cold. Try it with a little cream cheese!
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Silver Foodie Recipes Featuring Zucchini

There seems to be an infinite number of ways to prepare zucchini which is great since they produce so prolifically! I even have a separate folder in my file cabinet for zucchini because I have so many zucchini recipes that I’ve pulled out of magazines or printed off the computer. Last summer I posted several zucchini or squash recipes that you might like to see – they’re listed below. (There seems to be a problem linking these recipes so if the link doesn’t work please go to Recipes and look up the recipe you’d like to see.)

Zucchini Pilaf Casserole

Zucchini Cookies

Zucchini Tomato Parmesan

Tomato Squash Feta Gratin

5-A-Day Squash Casserole

Three Sisters Vegetable Soup

Potato Zucchini Soup with Crispy Chickpeas

Chunky Vegetable Chili

Tasty Tip: Make quick work of shredding zucchini by doing it in a food processor using the metal blade!

Prepare some summer squash or zucchini soon to delight your family and friends!

What is your favorite zucchini recipe?

Remember to Savor the Flavor of summer’s fresh produce!

Janet

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