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1 Food 5 Ways: Onions

There isn't a cook in the world who doesn't take onions for granted. "Onions grow in a lot of different climates and can be stored a long time, so they're a basic element in all cooking cultures," explains Steffanie Smith, CEO of River Point Farms, an onion producer based in Hermiston, Ore. The inexpensive, always-available bulbs provide essential flavor in everything from Asian stir-fries to Italian tomato sauces. But only rarely do onions get a starring role in recipes, such as the ones here that (finally!) give the tasty bulbs the attention they're due.


French Onion Soup Tartines

Classic Greek Salad

Austrian Pickled Red Onions

Pakistani Potatoes and Onions

Baked Onion Rings

Take Your Pick
Red, white, yellow, or sweet? Choose the right varieties for your recipes.

Yellow Full-bodied flavor makes these the go-to onions for cooking.

Red Their color and not-too-strong taste tout them as raw and grilled options.

White These onions are worth seeking out for their mild flavor when chopped or sautéed.

Sweet Vidalia onions from Georgia and Walla Walla onions from the Pacific Northwest are prized for their lack of typical onion "bite." EverMild, a variety hitting stores this year, is a biteless sweet onion option during the winter months.

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There are few things in the world as good as a nice vegetarian french onion soup.

ONION BROCCOLI PATTIES; 1/2 Cup finely chopped Red Onions 1/2 Cup finely chopped Broccoli 1/2 Cup corn Flour 1 Tablespoon multi-purpose flour 1 Tablespoon Rice Flour 1 Teaspoon Chili powder Pinch Garam masala Salt to taste Cooking Oil for grilling Few Mint leaves finely chopped In a non stick pan heat two teaspoon oil over medium heat.Saute onion for two minutes till it becomes translucent. Add broccoli and stir well till it becomes tender. Turn off heat. In a bowl put corn flour, rice flour, multipurpose flour, salt, chili powder, mint leaves, garam masala and stir-fried onion broccoli. Mix well all the ingredients and knead it into dough by sprinkling water. Make small balls and flatten each ball with your palm and make patties. Grill the patties till golden brown by flipping each patty and adding oil on both sides. Crisp tasty patties are ready to serve with tomato sauce.