Working along side USA Onions has been a fun adventure over the last 2 years. I have been able to learn so much from them about onion types, growth, harvesting, sizing but most important, which onions work best when grilling. All of that knowledge is important, however grilling onions got me most excited.
For instance, take this Mac and Cheese recipe from USA Onoins. I love the idea but it was missing one important ingredient…a grill! So I translated the recipe for the grill because it brings way more flavor to the dish and makes the process way more fun. Take a look at the tips and recipe below and get grilling!
Instead of heating up your house, use a side burner to boil the noodles.
The cheese sauce makes for a great dipping sauce. If you have extra, warm it up and use it as an appetizer at your next party at home.
Hopefully you can use some of the tips above to get more flavor out of this delicious Mac and Cheese recipe, all while having fun in your own backyard.
Caramelized USA Onion Mac ’n’ Cheese This sinfully rich Mac ’n’ Cheese is packed with decadent caramelized onions and the classic New Orleans “holy trinity”: onions, celery and pepper. If you like a kick, don’t forget the Louisiana-style hot sauce.
*Note, this recipe is for 12 servings. Cut it in half if you are feeding a smaller group.
8 Spanish yellow onions (4 lbs)
1/4 cup butter (2 ounces)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1. Melt butter in a large heavy-bottomed pan set over medium low heat.
2. Cook onions, stirring often, for 60 to 75 minutes or until golden brown.
3. Season with salt and pepper.
1. Melt butter in a large pan set over medium heat.
2. Add celery, onion, red pepper, garlic, salt and pepper; cook until soft. Sprinkle flour over top.
3. Cook, stirring, for 2 minutes. Slowly stir in the milk until smooth and thickened.
4. Remove from heat. Whisk in Dijon mustard.
1. Toss breadcrumbs with Parmesan cheese, melted butter, salt and pepper.
1. Stir 1 cup Cheese Sauce with 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Cheddar cheese, 1/3 cup sour cream, 2 tbsp chopped parsley, 1 tbsp (.25 ounces) Parmesan cheese, and hot sauce together until smooth.
2. Stir in 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) cooked macaroni.
3. Layer pasta with 1/3 cup (2 ounces) caramelized onions into a greased 2 cup baking dish.
4. Sprinkle with 1/3 cup (2 ounces) Crunchy Topping.
5. Bake at 425°F for 18 to 20 minutes or until golden brown and bubbling.
For the best cheese flavor, use a 2 year old cheddar or older.
Substitute dried breadcrumbs for the Japanese panko breadcrumbs, if desired.
Caramelized onions can be stored, tightly covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.