Easter traditionally brings an uptick in onion sales, with more families gathering for homecooked meals or dining out at their favorite restaurants.
Shippers across the country have said they are looking for sales to increase, with Trish Lovell at Agri-Pack in Pasco, WA, recently commenting that demand and movement should pick up significantly during Easter Week.
Cooking and other food-centered web sites provide great recipes and tips for the season, and SouthernLiving.com has posted a slide show of several traditional dinners, one of which is Roasted Leg of Lamb with Beets, Carrots, and Sweet Onions. The link is http://www.southernliving.com/food/holidays-occasions/10-traditional-easter-dinner-recipes/roasted-leg-lamb-lemon-herb-salt-vegetables.
For side dishes, few can resist AllRecipes.com’s Grandma’s Green Bean Casserole, which is posted at http://allrecipes.com/recipe/13717/grandmas-green-bean-casserole. This iconic dish is elevated to an art form by DYI french frying the onions for the topping, and instructions can be found at http://www.food.com/recipe/french-fried-onions-44115. A variation on the theme — doing the whole shebang from scratch – is featured at http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2013/11/12/recipe-green-bean-casserole-french-fried-onions/.
Food and Wine has a delectable Free-Form Onion Tart at http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/free-form-onion-tart, and Yummly.com has an impressive selection of onion-based recipes, including desserts, at http://www.yummly.com/recipes/onion-dessert.
And the National Onion Association’s great blogger, Onionista at http://www.onions-usa.org/onionista/, has a fantastic collection of recipes for virtually every occasion, and there’s a special link for holiday fare. Click on http://www.onions-usa.org/onionista/9-celebration-side-dishes/, which comes with photos for each delectable dish.
Then there’s the other use for onions at Easter time. This shared link is also from Onionista friend at the National Onion Association, and we think it’s the perfect way to color those eggs. Yep. Onion skin dye. Go here, http://www.howdoesshe.com/onion-skin-easter-eggs/, to find out how.