Celebrating the Seasons

Vidalia Georgia Lollypops

  • 1 large Vidalia onion
  • 6 long bamboo skewers (soaked in water 30 minutes)
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine or inexpensive bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
Cut ends off onion and remove the outer skin. Carefully cut the onion into 1/2-inch slices. Remove the skewer from the water and push it through an onion slice like a lollypop. Add as many slices as the skewer will hold. Set aside.

Mix the sugar, salt, and wine or bourbon in a small bowl until the sugar dissolves. Gently oil each round and place on a medium hot grill. After a minute or so, flip the onions and baste with a teaspoon of the sugar mixture. Be careful — the alcohol can easily flare up. Flip the onions several times and baste twice between flips. The liquid keeps them from drying out and the sugar makes them super sweet.

About Vidalia Onions

According to the Vidalia Onion Committee Web site, www.vidaliaonion.org, "So, what is it about Vidalias that makes them so sweet? Southeast Georgia's mild climate, the area's sandy, low sulfur soil, exclusive seed varieties, and precise farming practices make this original sweet onion mild and flavorful."

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