John Rice Irwin's Baked Onions
John Rice Irwin is the descendent of one of the first families to settle the East Tennessee area, and Clinton/Norris in particular. He is also the owner/curator of our Museum of Appalachia. He has played host to many celebrities - Alex Haley (author of "Roots"), Brooke Shields, Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey, and many others. Senator Lamar Alexander (former TN governor) always asks John for the baked onions.
Here is how John submitted his recipe.
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- bag of sweet onions
- salt to taste
- butter to taste
1Grab a handful of onions, just as they come from the store, skins and all, and put them into a pan.
2Put the pan in a 425-degree preheated oven. Bake 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of the onions.
3When the onions are done, they will feel mushy, not crunchy, when stuck with a fork. Gently pop them out of their skins and serve with salt and butter.