I’m not sure there’s a vegetable that changes as much in texture and flavor when you apply heat as an onion. Caramelized onions taste completely different from raw ones, whether you cook them low and slow on the stovetop or let them pick up char and a slightly smoky flavor on the grill.
As with the three forms of ginger I use in Triple Gingersnaps, combining caramelized onions with other fresh and cooked alliums builds layers of flavor. I share one of my favorite combinations—grilled onions and garlic with fresh onion greens, whether the tops of bulb onions, chives, scallions, or walking onions—this week in my Twice as Tasty column for the Flathead Beacon. While you can oven-roast or sauté the onions and garlic for a similar effect, I fire up the grill while it’s still so hot into the evening. The recipe in my column outlines my grilling process, making this dip a great primer for grilling vegetables.
Learn more about grilling onions and other vegetables and get the complete recipe for Onion Lover’s Dip in my column.
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At my house, there are always jars of Homemade Yogurt and Homemade Sour Cream in the refrigerator. These two easy-to-make dairy products not only upgrade the flavor of homemade dips but also are good recipes to master so that you feel confident when you attempt to make your first fresh cheese. They’re delicious in all kinds of dips, from Creamy White Bean and Yogurt Dip to Roasted-Garlic Hummus.
Grilled onions also become a staple as the harvest hits its peak. Before onions are ready for dry storage, I start sneaking them out of the bed to grill and use or freeze for a range of recipes. Once I’ve cleared the bed and cured the bulbs, those that were damaged during harvest or didn’t dry evenly and look like they won’t keep well get grilled and frozen too.
Here are just a few other recipes that use grilled onions on the blog. You can find more in the recipe index.
- Creamy Grilled Bell Pepper Pasta
- 30-Minute Tomato Soup
- Sourdough Empanadas
- Hearty Corn Chowder
- Grilled Tomato Pizza Sauce
You can also learn more about grilling other vegetables in this blog post.
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