Georgia's Vidalias are the most recognized brand of super sweet onions, which appear this time of year and stay around until the fall. In fact, Vidalia is the name of a town in the Peach State and there are many similar onions: Texas Spring Sweet and Texas 1015 SuperSweet (the name comes from the planting date of Oct. 15); Walla Walla from Washington state and Oregon; and OsoSweet from South America. In cooking, add more intensity by mixing them with a Spanish, red, or yellow onion. To make the popular onion marmalade, cook onions slowly in a little butter until they caramelize into a golden gooey jam that is good as a condiment beside lamb or grilled chicken; a base for the famous French soup; or as a garnish for focaccia, pizza, or pita. Here, caramelized onions, goat cheese, and slivers of prosciutto cover pita rounds and are heated briefly in a hot oven. Serve them with a salad of arugula and cherry tomatoes. Like Vidalias, the flavor of these softball-size onions is delicate, and they're plenty sweet. They don't contain chemical irritants that make you cry when you slice them. No more tears.
|3||large super sweet onions, halved and thinly sliced|
|Salt and pepper, to taste|
|1||clove garlic, finely chopped|
|2||tablespoons chopped fresh thyme|
|4||medium pita rounds (7-to-8-inches)|
|4||ounces goat cheese, crumbled|
|4||ounces prosciutto, cut into thin strips|
|4||scallions, trimmed and finely chopped|
|Handful fresh chives, snipped|
2. Stir in the garlic, thyme, and pepper. (If you like, cover and refrigerate the mixture at this point for 3 or 4 days; let it come to room temperature before using.)
3. Set the oven at 425 degrees. Place the pita rounds on a rimmed baking sheet. Spread a thin layer of onions on the top, add the goat cheese and prosciutto. Bake for 5 to 10 minutes or until the onion mixture is hot.
4. Transfer to a cutting board. Sprinkle with scallions and chives. Using a sharp knife or pizza cutter, slice the rounds into quarters. Julie Riven