In-season sweet Vidalia onions are positively delicious stuffed and baked and make for a great side dish alternative to potatoes or pasta.

Baked stuffed Vidalia onions on plate

Try these baked stuffed Vidalia onions as a satisfying substitute for potatoes or pasta. They’re easy to prepare and the dish really capitalizes on the delicious sweetness of the Vidalia variety.

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Baked Stuffed Vidalia Onions

Stuffed Vidalia Onions

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

In-season sweet Vidalia onions are positively delicious stuffed and baked and make for a great side dish alternative to potatoes or pasta.

Ingredients

  • 4 large Vidalia (or other sweet variety) onions, about 3/4 lb each
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half or cream
  • Panko crumbs
  • Paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Trim a thin slice from both ends of each onion, then peel away the papery skin and place the them in a covered, microwave-safe dish with about 1/4-inch of water in the bottom.
  3. Microwave at 80% power until the outer layers of the onion are tender but not soft, 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from the oven, drain off the water and let stand, uncovered, until cool enough to handle.
  4. Begin removing the inner layers of the onion by inserting a fork into the center and twisting. Pull upward gently, remove the core and transfer to a cutting board.
  5. Remove additional layers until you are left with a hollow shell about 3/8-inch thick. This could consist of either one or two of the outer layers, depending on the individual onion.
  6. Roughly chop the inner layers of the onion into 1/2 inch pieces.
  7. Melt the butter in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and sauté for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle the flour evenly over the onions and combine.
  8. Continue cooking, stirring constantly, until the flour turns uniformly golden in color, 4 to 5 minutes longer.
  9. Add the white wine and combine thoroughly. Stir in the chicken broth and continue cooking until the mixture is thickened and smooth, about 3 minutes more. Add the half-and-half, taste and adjust the seasoning as needed.
  10. Using a teaspoon, fill the onion shells with the creamed mixture, pressing down gently after each spoonful. Top with a sprinkling of panko crumbs and dust with a bit of paprika for color.
  11. Bake, uncovered for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the crumb topping is golden brown.

Makes 4 servings

Notes

Do your best to choose onions that are uniform in size for even cooking.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 306Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 377mgCarbohydrates: 39gFiber: 5gSugar: 17gProtein: 6g

Note: Nutrition information is estimated and may vary from your actual results.