It’s not a bloomin’ onion, but this is a very tasty campfire treat to go with any meal that includes meat.
Vidalia onions were an accidental discovery in the 1930’s. Farmers planted the onion trying to find a way to make additional income during the depression. The low sulfur content of the soil and other environmental factors ended up with an onion that is sweet and not hot. Needless to say this was not the instant hit the farmers thought it might be.
A confluence of factors ended up creating the “sweet onion” success. Right when these new onions had been planted a farmers market opened serving Macon, Augusta, and Savannah. Another major factor was the corporate headquarters of Piggly Wiggle was located in Vidalia. Sensing a profit and wanting to help the farmers they began to stock those sweet Vidalia onions on their store shelves. This humble onion is now the state vegetable of Georgia.
Now for that tasty recipe.
- 4 Vidalia onions
- 4 TBSP Butter
- 4 Cloves chopped garlic
- Salt to taste
- Peel onions, and cut each one into quarters, keeping onion together. Place one tablespoon of butter and one whole clove of garlic into the center of each one. Double wrap each onion in aluminum foil and drop into the hot coals of your campfire.
- Cook for 30 to 40 minutes. Carefully remove them from the coals and tear them open. Season with salt to taste, and eat.