Tennessee Onions is a delightful Southern dish known for its sweet and savory flavors. It’s essentially a casserole made with layers of sweet onions, such as Vidalia onions, that are baked until they are incredibly tender. The onions are typically layered with a mixture of cheeses, including cheddar and parmesan, and sometimes cream or a creamy sauce. Some versions also include a topping of buttery crackers or breadcrumbs for added crunch.
The dish is often seasoned with simple spices—salt, pepper, and sometimes a dash of garlic powder or cayenne pepper to enhance the natural sweetness of the onions. The result is a rich and comforting side dish that caramelizes in the oven, releasing the onions’ natural sugars. It pairs wonderfully with BBQ meats, grilled dishes, or as a standout side for holiday meals. Tennessee Onions can be easily customized with additional ingredients like herbs, bacon, or different cheeses to match personal preferences or to complement the main course.
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