Did you know that it's Vidalia onion season right now? I love them so much and a few months ago, I had the amazing opportunity to travel outside of Savannah, Georgia to a town called Vidalia, yep, there's a town called Vidalia and learn all about these onions.
We visited a farm and watched them harvest onions and also learned about the drying process as well as how a medium-scale family-owned farm stores and packs onions so they end up in our grocery stores.
Vidalia Onions grow in sandy soil. And by federal law, only certain counties in Georgia can market the onions they grow as official Vidalia onions. I had no idea! Isn't that interesting?
Isn't it so beautiful and peaceful? I love visiting farms. I say it over and over again, we don't appreciate our farmers enough. They work really hard, I'm so thankful for them!
See that bulb shape? That's what you're looking for when you're buying them in the store.
I got to see them in the field…all the way to this!
I'm obsessed with sriracha mayo lately so I had to make it again but just a little spicier.
Here's a tip I learned a long time ago, but the ends and peel your onions off of your clean cutting board. Rinse them and then place on your cutting board to cut up!
Cut them into quarters and any big pieces in half.
After dipping the onion petals in the dry flour mixture, add them to the wet beer batter. Drip the excess batter off before putting them in the fryer.
And then fry them up!
Beer Battered Vidalia Onion Petals Recipe
- 1 1/2 Tablespoons sriracha chili sauce
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- canola oil, for frying
- 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- one 12-ounce cold light beer
- 1 teaspoon cayenne red pepper
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 3 small Vidalia onions
- Whisk together sriracha and mayonnaise in a small bowl. Cover and place in the refrigerator.
- Add oil to a large pot (I used a 5.5 quart French oven), about 1.5 inchese of oil. Heat to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and paper towels.
- Combine flour, cayenne, salt, pepper in a large mixing bowl.
- Peel and rinse the oinions. Quarter them and separate into petals. Discard smaller center pieces. Cut pieces that are too wide in half.
- Take 1/4 cup of flour mix and place in separate dish. Coat onion petals in dry flour mixture.
- Pour beer into remaining flour mixture (large mixing bowl). Mix with a fork but don't overmix. (Batter will be lumpy.) Coat onion petals in batter. Shake excess batter off.
- Fry 2-3 minutes until golden brown. Use tongs to remove from oil.
- Serve immediately with spicy mayo dipping sauce.
Light and flaky and the sweetness from the onions…the spiciness of the sriracha mayo makes this an addicting appetizer! Double swoon!
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Disclosure: My trip to Vidalia, Georgia was sponsored by the Vidalia Onion Committee. All opinions are my own and I only share with you brands that I love.
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
I’m SO excited by these! When I was at field hockey camp in high school, they had the best onion chips and this is the closest I’ve seen since!!
Tina S says
I made these last night! I followed the recipe exactly and these onions petals were so good! The sriracha dip really complements the petals. I even liked the sriracha alone with the petals. Excellent and simple recipe, Julie! Thank you for sharing it!
Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles says
Ohmygoodness, how many fried onions did we eat those couple of days?! SO GOOD! Yours are much prettier, though. Love the petals. And of course that sriracha mayo! 😉
Lori @ RecipeGirl says
Adding these to my must-try soon list!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
these look delicious, love that you use sriracha… i can’t get enough of that stuff. yum!
Kelly Senyei | Just a Taste says
Yum, yum, yum! Love beer-battered anything 🙂
Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet says
I would devour these in no time! Spicy mayo too! Pinned!
Ali | Gimme Some Oven says
Wow, these look SO good! Love that batter. And love hearing about your trip!! 🙂
Tom @ Raise Your Garden says
Wow Beer Battered Vidalia Onion Petals. This is a new one for me and with all the onions coming up in the garden this is the perfect recipe.
Andrea Y says
I love Vidalias!
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. says
You had me at beer-battered!
These look and sounds just amaizng!!
Melissa Salam says
I never even thought to do this with onions! I love it!
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
These look and sound so delicious Julie! I love Vidalia onions; how fun to learn about them in the field!
Mason Canyon says
Living in Georgia, I know you can never go wrong using Vidalia Onions. Your recipes looks yummy, thanks for sharing.