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Perfect Vidallia Onion Sandwich

julieswan Jul 2, 2006 10:20 PM

What are the ingredients for a perfect Vidallia onion sandwich? I know that opinions vary, but I want to hear what people think.

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    LisaAZ RE: julieswan Jul 2, 2006 10:50 PM

    I like onion, tomato, mayo and squishy white bread. Best eaten standing over the kitchen sink.

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      Janet RE: LisaAZ Jul 3, 2006 05:42 AM


    2. Candy RE: julieswan Jul 3, 2006 08:51 PM

      James Beard had a cocktail sandwich which he called "Onion Rings" . It is a firm textured white berad like Pepperidge Farms cut into crustless rings. The bread was generously slathered with good quality mayo the the onion and Vidalia's would be perfect for this. Then topped with another mayo coated top and the rims of the sandwiches coated lightly with mayo and rolled in chopped parsley. So simple and addictive. That is a nice cocktail sized sandwich but I don't know why you could not cut off the crusts and make larger sandwiches or quarter the bread slices. You'd have to call them onion squares or something since the onion ring name would not make any sense.

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        bryan RE: Candy Jul 4, 2006 06:06 AM

        In one of my old James Beard cookbooks, he called them brioche sandwiches. The recipe calls for extremely thin sliced sweet onions and finely minced parsley and homemade mayo. You place the onion on the brioche, which you have spread w/ your homemade mayo and close. Then you put a thin layer of mayo around the edges of the crustless brioche and roll in the parsley. It's quite good.

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          Candy RE: bryan Jul 4, 2006 09:39 PM

          I think the name of the sandwich varied in different books of his also whether to use mayo or good butter. no matter what the name or version they are really good.

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        zorgclyde RE: julieswan Jul 3, 2006 11:00 PM

        Sorry as I am unfamiliar with this sandwich - do you eat the onions raw for this? Is it marinated in acid first?

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          Candy RE: zorgclyde Jul 4, 2006 01:10 AM

          Yes, raw onions. The rings refer only to the shape.

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          chowmel RE: julieswan Jul 4, 2006 01:31 AM

          As kids we'd have raw onion sandwiches as snacks when we got home from school. Vidalias would be great - Cold butter on dark bread with salt and pepper - the way to go !

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            sgtyson RE: julieswan Jul 5, 2006 05:29 PM

            Mix some red (hot) sauce w/mayo 'til it's pink and slather it on two slices of fresh rye bread. Top it with thick Vidalia onion slices, bacon cooked to almost-crisp (I prefer thick-cut) and basil leaves. Takes like summer in your hands.

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              davisready RE: julieswan Aug 23, 2011 03:34 PM

              I like mine with the onion thinly sliced on potato bread with mayo, s&p, a little hot sauce and maybe some fresh basil or parsley if you have it in the house.

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                magiesmom RE: julieswan Aug 23, 2011 05:25 PM

                Onion on challah ( or if a really good fresh bialy is available I use it) with lemony mayo( or sweet butter if on a bialy), tomato or roasted red pepper and lots of black pepper and a little kosher salt.

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                  RobertLaughlin RE: magiesmom Dec 14, 2011 07:04 PM

                  Cut a loaf of baguette bread into thin slices, and butter the slices generously; two thin slices of onion fill each sandwich. This is a marvelous complement to cold fried chicken on a picnic (and don't forget the potato salad and watermelon pickles).

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                  Gail RE: julieswan Dec 14, 2011 07:14 PM

                  Yes, sweet onions, good mayo *and* sardines...heaven.

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