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Summer dishes sweetened with Vidalia onions
(ARA) - It's Vidalia onion season and time to sweeten summer recipes. Summer salads, marinades, side dishes and grilled meats can all be given new dimension with the original sweet onion. Throw them on a burger while grilling in the back yard, or grill a sweet onion alone for a standalone side dish. Whether it's a fresh salad or a summer soup, these sweet onions can compliment any dish of the season.
Because Vidalias are only available during the spring and summer, they conjure up memories for many people. Joan Churchill from New Hampshire shared her childhood reminiscences of rebelliously slurping soup with her siblings in their Sunday best, while her mother prepared dinner in the kitchen and father pretended not to notice.
Churchill's "Vidalia and Pear Honey of a Soup" was the winning recipe in the Vidalia Onion Committee's "Sweet Times with Vidalias" recipe contest.
"The soup certainly sounded interesting, but we thought it might be too sweet with both pears and sweet Vidalias. The curry and chicken broth really balance it out," says Wendy Brannen, Vidalia Onion Committee executive director. "And, I loved that this soup was so delicious yet different when served cold in the heat of summer."
In a 2-quart, heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter with the oil over medium heat. Add the onions and pears, stirring to soften, two to three minutes. Sprinkle in the curry powder and salt. Stir for another minute until the curry is fragrant.
Stir in the chicken broth and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly before putting in a processor or blender to puree until smooth. (Or you can use a stick blender and skip the cooling step.)
Return puree to the pan and add the cream and honey; heat through. Whisk in the yogurt and half the chives. Serve immediately, sprinkled with the remaining chives. Or chill the soup thoroughly and serve in chilled bowls, sprinkling with the chives.
Serve Warm or Chilled.
For more Vidalia onion recipes and information on upcoming contests and promotions, visit www.VidaliaOnion.org or join the fan page on Facebook.
Serving Size: Makes 4 - 6 Servings
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