SOUTHERN SWEET ONION CASSEROLE

A southern belle of a side dish. There’s nothing quite like the flavor of perfect southern-style onions. This southern belle of a side dish is also known as Vidalia Onions, which are sweet and juicy enough to make your heart sing.

An entire casserole of onions might sound like a lot, but when they’re sweet Vidalia ovens that are cooked down until they’re even sweeter, married with some indulgent creaminess, and there’s a buttery cracker crumb topping to be had… Well, then it just might not be enough. This casserole is southern comfort food at its best and it’s a side dish that gets along with everyone – chicken, steak, turkey dinner, you name it. (To be totally honest, it doesn’t much matter as it usually steals the show.)

Serves 6 | 15 min prep time | 45 min cooking time.

INGREDIENTS

4 large Vidalia onions, halved and sliced 1/4-inch thick

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

3 eggs

1 (5 oz) can evaporate milk

1 cup Ritz crackers, crumbled

1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

FOR THE TOPPING:

1 cup Ritz crackers, crumbled

3 tablespoons butter, melted

PREPARATION

Preheat the oven to 375°F and grease a 9×13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.

Place onions in a saucepan and add water just to cover. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 8 minutes. Drain and toss onion slices with butter.

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs and evaporated milk. Add cooked onions, cracker crumbs, cheese, salt, and pepper. Stir to mix.

Transfer to baking dish. Toss together cracker crumbs and melted butter for the topping. Sprinkle over casserole.

Bake until set in the center and top is golden brown, about 45 minutes. Enjoy!

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