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La Reina de la Cocina: Queen of the Kitchen

Onions have often been described as La Reina de la Cocina by the Italians (The Queen of the Kitchen) for a reason. They uses in the kitchen are as versatile as their varieties. They are the basis of many dishes from soups to sauces. Below is just an example of many ways the onion is used in the kitchen.

Christmas Onion Recipes Make For Healthy, Tasty Feasts

Source: Onions USA
December 17, 2019 by RHardwick

Traditional Christmas feasts typically use onions as a side dish. But to get the most nutrition and flavor out of your meals, we suggest you find a way to incorporate Christmas onion recipes into your celebration. We’ve assembled a few for you here. They not only include onions but other healthy additions for flavor and nutrition. If you want to try something different this year, recipes with The Onion — Nature’s Ninja, will surely surprise and delight your family and guests.

Turkey Spiral With Onion And Dried Cherry Stuffing

Turkey Spiral with Onion-Dried Cherry Stuffing

Source: Onions USA
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6 tablespoons butter, salted
1/2 cup diced celery
1 cup diced yellow onions
1/2 cup diced mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper, ground
1-1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

4 cups diced day old bread
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh sage
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh rosemary
1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1/8 teaspoon celery seed
1/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted, chopped
3/4 cup dried tart cherries, coarsely chopped

1/2 cup turkey or chicken broth
2 large eggs, beaten

1 whole turkey breast, bone in (5 – 6 pounds)
2 tablespoons butter, salted, melted


In heavy saucepan over medium heat, sauté first set of ingredients for 7 to 10 minutes until just beginning to brown. Add second set of ingredients, and sauté for 5 more minutes. Remove from heat. Add broth and eggs, stirring well to combine. Set aside until cool enough to handle.

Bone out turkey breast lobes, keeping skin intact. Lay each lobe onto work surface, skin side down. Cutting from where center breast bone was, butterfly breast open (slice turkey breast horizontally, not all the way through). Open up butterflyed turkey breast, keeping skin side down, and pound lightly to even thickness to 1 inch. Divide stuffing mixture in half and place on flesh side of each turkey breast lobe. Spread mixture evenly and pat into place. Roll up the turkey breast, jelly roll style, so that the skin ends up on the outside of the roll. Repeat with other lobe of turkey breast.
Place each turkey spiral onto a large piece of aluminum foil. Brush turkey with melted butter. Tightly seal turkey breast in foil. Place foil wrapped spirals onto baking sheet and bake in a 375 degree oven for 30 minutes. Open up foil to expose top of spiral and baste with accumulated pan drippings. Return to oven and bake for another 30 to 45 minutes basting occasionally, until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before slicing. Then slice into 1/2-inch slices and serve. Makes 12 servings.

Special notes

Per serving: About 281 cal, 29 g pro, 14 g carb, 12 g fat, 38% cal from fat, 127 mg chol, 336 mg sod, 1 g fiber.

What other dishes do you enjoy that include onions? Which onion is your favorite? Why?

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