Some of you may already be fans of sweet Vidalia onions. Much like "Champagne" which by law is only made in a particular region of France, "Vidalia" onions by law are only grown in a specific region of Georgia. It is only in this particular area that the soil and climate combine to yield these very sweet and delicious onions. They aren't always available in our stores but last week I picked up enough to make a pie. I've made this easy recipe before, and I love the results! It makes a nice side dish or have it with a salad for a complete (vegetarian) meal.
SWEET VIDALIA ONION PIE
* 1-1/2 cups crushed buttery round crackers
* 1/3 cup butter, melted
* 2 tablespoons butter
* 2 cups sliced Vidalia onions
* 2 eggs
* 3/4 cup half-and-half
* 3/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/8 teaspoon ground white pepper
* 1/4 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese
Preheat oven to 350º. In a medium bowl, mix together crushed crackers and 1/3 cup melted butter. Press mixture firmly into a 9-inch pie pan and set aside. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in skillet and saute onions until translucent and tender but not brown. Spread into prepared crust. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, salt and white pepper. Pour mixture over onions then sprinkle top with shredded cheese. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, until center is set. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.