Onions are a huge part of so many recipes on foodydirect.com. So much so, that it would only be right to do an entire article on the subject. There is so much to express about the use of onions in a dish and their affect on overall taste and/or texture, so hopefully the most important points can be expressed.
Did you know that it actually matters on what kind of onion you use in a dish? That’s right! The type of onion being used is a deciding factor on just what your dish is going to taste like once it’s finished. Take the most commonly used onion, for example. The yellow onion might be versatile in taste, but it’s guaranteed to add an astringent quality to the meal. Astringency is that almost spicy kick that so many professional and home cooks look for when making a wholesome meal. Yellow onions are great for major dishes, such as beef and chicken, as well as a great base for soups, stews and sauces. Their versatility is what makes them so likable and widely used, all over the world.
White onions are the most crunchiest of onion types. They are also quite sharp in taste, which makes them so ideal for salsas, stir fry dishes with other vegetables, and veggie chutney. They’re not quite as commonly used as the yellow onions, but are instead more dominantly found within Mexican foods. They also lack all signs of sweetness, unless prepared to be that way using other spices.
The sweet onion is well known for their use as deep fried rings, commonly found in fast food restaurants or made as a hearty side dish for lunch and dinners. Sweet onions are also ideal for making onion soup, due to their thick consistency and distinctly sweet flavor. Due to the fact that is does have such a signature flavor, sweet onions make for the best type of onion to be used in roasted vegetable dishes and as individually sliced and baked gratins. Another deep fried favorite to use this onion for is the ever favoried “blooming onion”. Sweet onions also go by two other names; Walla Walla onions and Vidalia onions.
Red onions are great for eating raw. Due to the fact that they’re so mild in flavor and add some color to a salad or burger, their bitter sweetness is favored among many onion lovers. Comparatively, shallot onions are a mild compliment, when used in salad dressings or as garnishes on numerous finished foods.