Recipe by SarasotaCook
These are amazing. Right on the grill or even in your oven. A sweet flavor with savory and spicy tones makes this such a nice side dish. If you use smaller onions you can serve one per person which is what I prefer to do, but either way you make it - they are great. The important thing is the vinaigrette. Fresh herbs is the way to go. But ... if you only have a bottled dressing ... they will be just fine.
- 4 onions, top sliced off and peeled. bottom stays on for stability (medium or small soft ball size)
- 8 slices bacon, cut in half
- 4 teaspoons olive oil (1 tablespoon per onion)
- 2 teaspoons salt (1/2 per onion)
- 1⁄2 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 teaspoon honey
- 1 tablespoon shallot, minced (onion will work)
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
- 1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped fine
- 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped fine
- 1⁄2 teaspoon fresh tarragon, chopped fine
- 1 pinch red pepper flakes
Directions See How It's Made
- Vinaigrette -- Mix all the ingredients in a small baggie, bowl or tupperware container. Refrigerate until ready to serve. You need to heat slightly before serving. Just 10 or 20 seconds on medium in the microwave - just to warm it up.
- Onion -- Cut the top off, just a small slice so you can peel easily. You can cut a small bit off the bottom if it doesn't set well. Peel the sides and it is ready. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- Top with 4 half slices or 2 full slices of bacon and wrap well in foil, keeping the top with bacon standing up.
- Bake or Grill -- A 400 degree oven takes around 40-50 minutes and the grill about 30-40 minutes. This really is dependent upon the heat of your grill or oven and the size of your onions. Make sure to close the foil pouch on the top so after 30 minutes or so, you can easily pull it open a bit and test to see if the onion is done. I just stick a knife in the onion and it should be tender.
- Serve -- Remove from the foil, and I also remove the bacon -- it is more for the flavor, not presentation, and it has done it's job. As I said, I like using a small to medium onion, so everyone gets one, but the large onions are wonderful and can be sliced in half.
- Heat up the vinaigrette in the microwave for just a few seconds to warm up and drizzle over the onion. ENJOY!
- NOTE:. Keep the leftover vinaigrette. Great over potatoes, any meat, even vegetables, or seafood.