4 Outrageous Onion Recipes for Fall

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Pumpkin and zucchini squash, meet fall’s new “it” veggie: the often-overlooked onion. Naturally low in sodium but high in fiber, one medium red, yellow or white onion provides only 30 calories. Peel off the papery skin of this pungent vegetable and you will discover layers of delicious health benefits. Onions contain a powerful antioxidant called quercetin, which studies suggest plays a role in lowering high blood pressure, preventing heart attacks and protecting against cancer. No matter how you slice or dice them, onions deserve superstar status and a top spot in your family’s meals. Here are four autumn-inspired recipes featuring the outrageously delicious and nutritious onion.

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Parmesan Onion Straws

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Who can resist nibbling on crispy Parmesan Onion Straws? I like to use sweet onions sliced paper thin. To prevent your eyes from tearing, place the onions in the refrigerator for about an hour. Soaking the onion slices in buttermilk helps the batter stick. If you don’t own a fryer, invest in a deep-fry thermometer. Your oil temperature must remain steady, or you will end up with greasy, soggy onion straws. Also, make sure you fry in small batches, as overcrowding the pan will prevent them from cooking properly and browning. They make a tasty topping for steamed green beans, salads, steaks and burgers.

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