Summer Recipe Series: Tomato and Vidalia Onion Pie

This post is sponsored by the Vidalia Onion Committee. All thoughts and drool-worthy photos are my own.

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It’s funny when someone who is “not an onion person” is writing a post about onions, right?

Hear me out. I AM a Vidalia Onion Person. I always have been. And I can remember my dad talking about them and using them for his recipes, especially his homemade burgers. I loved how sweet they were to the taste, and how when my dad chopped them, it didn’t make me cry or make my eyes sting. I knew they were something special, and something different, and I vowed to find ways to use them to the best of my abilities. That’s how I came to make Tomato & Vidalia Onion Pie.

We had a neighborhood potluck years ago and one of the neighbors I didn’t know brought a fresh, unbaked tomato pie to put in our oven. I remember how the kitchen changed as the pie cooked. It smelled like late summer! It was a wonderful party and I thought the only thing missing in her pie was Vidalia onions. She had used leeks or scallions and it didn’t have the same effect. It needed a new sweet crunch. So I made it myself for another occasion. And I couldn’t believe how good it was!

The best tomato pie recipe will have a sweetness and a crunch, although it’s a savory dish. Summer tomatoes are juicy and sweet, although my recipe involves drying them as much as possible so they don’t overpower the pie. Luckily, Vidalia onions hold their own. They are planted by hand and each winter, growers plant over 80,000 Vidalia onion seedlings per acre!

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vidalia onions

vidalia onions

Summer Recipe Series: Tomato and Vidalia Onion Pie

Summer Recipe Series: Tomato and Vidalia Onion Pie

Ingredients

  1. 1 pie crust - from scratch or store-bought
  2. 2 large tomatoes, sliced thin
  3. 1 large Vidalia Onion, sliced thin
  4. 1-2 tsp salt and pepper
  5. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  6. 2 Tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  7. 1 cup grated cheddar or mozzarella cheese
  8. 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  9. 1/3 cup mayonnaise

Instructions

  • 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • 2. Slice tomatoes and lay them on a cutting board with paper towel
  • 3. Sprinkle them with salt, cover them with more paper towel, and allow them to dry for 15 minutes
  • 4. Combine the mayonnaise and two cheeses in a bowl and set aside
  • 5. Layer your tomato and Vidalia Onion slices in the pie crust, alternating layers
  • 6. Sprinkle the mix with pepper and drizzle olive oil over the vegetables
  • 7. Sprinkle on chopped basil and then spread cheese/mayo mix on top
  • 8. Add extra basil on top
  • 9. Bake pie for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown
  • 10. Enjoy!
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Looks awesome, right? The Vidalia onion originated in 1930 and 100 registered South Georgia growers produce the crop each year! That means these seasonal treats have been cultivated for more than 80 years by grower artisans. It’s the world’s first sweet onion! I think the world was ready for it because the distinctive taste is derived from the weather, water and soil uniquely found within 20 South Georgia counties. That’s somewhat crazy. They couldn’t grow up here with our weather!

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That’s because they get their sweet flavor through a combination of mild winters, low sulfur soil, and a seed variety that has gone through rigorous testing. It definitely makes you appreciate each bite of a Vidalia onion. So hard earned and unique.

And it makes me more appreciate my tomato pie!

vidalia onions

vidalia onions

vidalia onions

These sweet onions are revered by some of the world’s best chefs and home cooks. It’s all about that sweet, distinctive flavor. And they have limited availability so you have to get them while you can! Vidalia onions are hand planted, harvested, and cured each season, and the sweet and juicy bulbs are only available between April and August. So that’s NOW!

Enjoy these seasonal treats for spring and summer.

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You can use Vidalia onions on salads, sides, dressings, dips, and even with desserts! Purchase them in your local grocery store after April 20th! (now) And visit vidaliaonion.org to find out much more about these amazing, seasonal gems.

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What would you make with Vidalia onions?

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As you know, our garden is sort of our crowning glory of our property and yard!

I remember the first time I saw it, and it was nothing special then. It was September and the previous owners were moving, so the garden hadn’t been tended in ages. And yet, I saw a beautiful eggplant bursting through – large and ripe – and knew this land was the place for us. The sun was shining through the windows and into the paths of the woods, and we put an offer on the house that same day, if I remember correctly! And luckily it got accepted, and we became home and garden owners! This was perfect timing because Scarlet was two at that point, and I was pregnant with Des the same week we got our offer accepted. We knew we were at the start of something special. It’s been a wonderful learning experience since.

I wasn’t born with a green thumb. My mom said I used to help her plant peas at our old house, and I somewhat remember that, but I have learned the most through Cassidy. I remember when he separated his shoulder and couldn’t do much, so I installed the garden’s irrigation system. We’ve done pallet gardening and vertical strawberry rows. We have planted trees, berries, and vegetables. Lately, we’ve been super into shrubs and trees, and that’s been part of our recent projects.

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How do you get your garden ready for spring, or even start a garden at all? Don't worry - we're the garden experts here! Here are my 5 steps to getting that garden ready this year. #ad

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