Seasonal Recipe Spotlight: Red Onion

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Onions seem perpetually in season, and it's easy to take them for granted. Those giant purple onions, with the papery skins and violet interiors are always available, always ready to be thrown on a burger or in a salad.

But don't let their sweetness and bright color go unappreciated, especially in the wintertime. There's so little color in the winter if you eat seasonally, and there's real inspiration to be found in the flavor and color of red onions.

We have been just dying to try this recipe for Red Onion Pickles, adapted from the Zuni Cafe Cookbook, over at MattBites. With star anise, chilies, bay leaves and other spices they sound delicious and addictive - not to mention beautiful. Another condiment that would play up the flavor and color of red onion beautifully is this Red Onion Marmalade. With a little kick from the ginger this would make a superb accompaniment to a pork roast.

Red onion, with its sweetness, makes a great addition to bread, like this Red Onion, Chile and Gram Flour flatbread. It also gets to play a starring role in this recipe for Red Onion, Goat Cheese and Basil Tart. Or try Red Onion, Sour Cream and Caviar Quesadillas.

And of course there are always the classics, like Sausage, Red Onion and Wild Mushroom Pizza.

(Photo: Blooming Hill Farm)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.