vidalia onion casserole in a green baking dish

Vidalia Onion Casserole

If you’ve never tried a Vidalia Onion Casserole, it needs to be at the top of your southern food bucket list! Caramelized onions surrounded by gooey swiss cheese is a casserole to love.

What is a Vidalia Onion?

Vidalia onions are found mostly in the south, and were originally grown in the town of Vidalia, Georgia.

Their flavor is unique because they’re very sweet compared to other onions. When they’re caramelized, the sweet flavor intensifies.

If you can’t find vidalia onions in your area, sweet onions are a good substitute. However, using a strong onion will not produce the same results.

How to Make It

This is a fun casserole to create! Start by slicing four Vidalia onions into rings, then melt butter in a cast iron skillet. (ad) Sauté onions in butter until they begin to caramelize and turn a light shade of brown. If you can’t find Vidalia onions in your home town, try any type of sweet onion instead.

Add cream cheese to skillet and stir until completely melted over medium low heat. Add a cup of half & half and mix well. Sprinkle a little black pepper into the mix, then add swiss cheese and stir until melted.

Grease a medium casserole dish (I used a round one). Pour contents of skillet into the dish. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. soy sauce over the top of casserole and set aside. This might seem like an odd ingredient to add, but trust me…it makes a difference.

To make the topping, melt 2 Tbsp. butter and mix with 2 cups of seasoned Panko bread crumbs. Sprinkle crumbs over the top of the casserole. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.

Serving Suggestions

I often serve Vidalia Onion Casserole at Thanksgiving with turkey and dressing. It also goes well with Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Collard Greens.

If you want to get a real taste of southern cooking, make this dish. It’s as down-home southern as you can get!

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vidalia onion casserole in a green baking dish

Vidalia Onion Casserole


  • Author: Debi ~ QuicheMyGrits
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x

Description

If you’ve never tried a Vidalia Onion Casserole, it needs to be at the top of your southern food bucket list!  Caramelized onions surrounded by swiss cheese is a casserole to love.


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Ingredients

  • 4 large Vidalia onions
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 4 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup half & half
  • dash of freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 oz. swiss cheese, shredded
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 cups seasoned Panko bread crumbs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Slice Vidalia onions into rings, then melt butter in a cast iron skillet. (ad)
  3. Sauté onions in butter until they begin to caramelize and turn a light shade of brown.
  4. Add cream cheese to skillet and stir until completely melted over medium low heat.
  5. Add half & half and mix well.
  6. Sprinkle a little black pepper into the mix, then add swiss cheese and stir until melted.
  7. Grease a small casserole dish (I used a round one).
  8. Pour contents of skillet into the dish. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. soy sauce over the top of casserole and set aside. 
  9. To make the topping, melt 2 Tbsp. butter and mix with 2 cups of seasoned Panko bread crumbs. Sprinkle crumbs over the top of the casserole.
  10. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown.

Notes

If you can’t find Vidalia onions in your home town, try any type of sweet onion instead. 

  • Category: Sides
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Southern

Keywords: vidalia onion casserole, casserole, onions, caramelized onions, swiss cheese, panko bread crumbs, sides, Thanksgiving

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4 Comments

  1. Debbie Smith

    Loved this recipe. Made it for Thanksgiving and it added an extra special touch to the typical fixin’s. Thank you for this recipe…and your others!

  2. Charlotte

    This was absolutely delicious! Will definitely make again..thank you!

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