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Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Sweet Vidalia Onion Dip

According to Wikipedia:
A Vidalia onion is a sweet onion of certain varieties, grown in a production area defined by law in Georgia. The onions were first grown near Vidalia, Georgia, in the early 1930s. It is an unusually sweet variety of onion, due to the low amount of sulfur in the soil in which the onions are grown.

Georgia's state legislature passed the "Vidalia Onion Act of 1986" which authorized a trademark for "Vidalia Onions" and limits the production area to Georgia or any subset as defined by the state's Commissioner of Agriculture. The current definition includes:

The following thirteen counties: Emanuel, Candler, Treutlen, Bulloch, Wheeler, Montgomery, Evans, Tattnall, Toombs, Telfair, Jeff Davis, Appling, and Bacon.

Portions of the following seven counties: Jenkins, Screven, Laurens, Dodge, Pierce, Wayne, and Long.

The Vidalia onion was named Georgia's official state vegetable in 1990.

Sweet Vidalia Onion Cheese Dip

2 lg Vidalia Onions, chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
8 oz sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 12 tsp Worcestershire Sauce

Grease a baking dish with butter or cooking spray. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Spoon into the baking dish. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 oven for 25 minutes. Serve warm with crackers of your choice.
Source: Spartanburg Herald Journal, 9/10/2003, Pg C4

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