Professional Onion Tips

Professional Onion Tips.

Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. Hello friends, Happy Friday. Welcome to this weeks, The Weekend Blog Hop. How has your week been so far? Hopefully a good one?

I have been stuck indoors hiding away from the cold and hailstones. 5 days of snowstorms over the last few days!

Brr.. Really it is nearly May too! Surely it should be nice and warm by now as it is my birthday in a week and it is always nice then.

Professional Onion Tips. Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop. How cool another long weekend with the Bank Holiday!!

My children are looking forward to breaking up from school later! 3 day weekend! Whoop whoo.

Professional Onion Tips

Professional Onion Tips:

So today I have a guest post from Island Grill Head Chef Adam Woolven, Who Shares Some Professional Onion Tips.

Over to Adam- The Great British weather has begun to brighten and spring is truly on its way.

Along with the warmer climate and longer days, spring brings with it (unsurprisingly) Spring Onions, which come into season in April in the UK.

Adam Woolven, Head Chef at the award-winning sustainable restaurant Island Grill, shares his professional advice on how to make the most of your onions.

Professional Onion Tips:

Welcome to the captivating world of Professional Onion Tips, where onions take center stage in the culinary spotlight!

Table Of Contents:

  • Firstly, Spanish Onions.
  • Secondly, Spring Onions.
  • Thirdly, Silverskins.
  • Fourthly, Shallots.
  • Fifthly, Red Onions.

Spanish Onions:

Firstly, Spanish Onions.

The strongest in flavour and the least sweet of the bunch, Spanish Onions are a kitchen staple. Best used as a base flavour in any stew, sauce or soup, Spanish Onions should be diced or chopped roughly in order to get the most juice out of them.

Chef Adam says it’s no coincidence we feel better after a healthy dose of hearty chicken soup when ill – Spanish Onions (which are often the base stock of a chicken soup) have innumerable health benefits for the immune system and allow us to recover from colds faster, due to the heated element of the flavour.

Spring Onions:

Secondly, Spring Onions.

Though Spring Onions are quite mild in strength, they make up for it with the fresh, zingy flavour that is associated with spring.

Always best when eaten raw, Spring Onions should simply be washed, chopped and thrown into a salad.


Thirdly, Silverskins.

Of medium strength but incredibly sweet, Silverskins are not your average onions. Found raw in any good greengrocers, Silverskins are quite robust so have lots of uses.

Being so naturally sweet, they are ideal for making chutney and jam, however, when chargrilled they have a completely different flavour as soon as they caramelise.

Chargrilled Silverskins can be left to cool, then enjoyed as part of a salad with the mixture of sweet and bitter tastes. Smaller Silverskins are perfect to pop in the hole of a pie.


Fourthly, Shallots.

Shallots make for the perfect garnish or special addition to improve any standard dish. As they are almost as sweet as the Silverskin Onion, the best flavour of a shallot comes from roasting.

Adam recommends pan-frying the shallots first then roasting them in unsalted butter for 15 minutes at 160°.

The understated sharpness makes roasted shallots a great accompaniment for smoked salmon, or on the side of a Sunday Roast dinner.

Red Onions:

Fifthly, Red Onions.

Red Onions are one of the most versatile varieties of onion. Despite being very similar to the Spanish Onion in both strength and sweetness, Adam recommends eating Red Onions raw in a salad as an alternative to Spring Onions as they have a more heated tang.

Professional Onion Tips:

Tips and image credits c/o Island Grill. Island Grill Head Chef Adam Woolven Shares Professional Onion Tips.

Onto this week’s Welcome To The Weekend Blog Hop Party 27/04/2017:

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Have a lovely weekend and we will see you again on Monday for Creative Mondays blog hop.

This Link Up Has Now Closed.

Professional Onion Tips

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Professional Onion Tips

Professional Onion Tips:

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  1. mummabstylish
    2 May 2017 / 22:01

    Thanks for the link up. Jacqui

  2. Harmony Skillman
    30 April 2017 / 19:49

    Im sorry I linked up so late this week. Its sunday afternoon here in NY and May is tomorrow, I cant even! have a great week!

    • 2 May 2017 / 12:03

      No worries, great to have you here.

  3. Mother of 3
    29 April 2017 / 21:46

    We've had a pretty wet, rainy and cool spring too so we haven't gotten outside nearly as much as we'd like.

    • 30 April 2017 / 06:58

      Thanks, it was nice yesterday so fingers crossed it will start to improve

  4. Paula Rockwell
    29 April 2017 / 19:15

    I hope the weather improves by your birthday! You just never know what Mother Nature is going to do.Thanks for hosting..happy weekend.

    • 30 April 2017 / 06:57

      Thanks Paula. Have a lovely Sunday..

  5. Marilyn Lesniak
    28 April 2017 / 15:38

    Thank you for hosting. Have a great weekend!!

    • 29 April 2017 / 06:04

      Thanks for linking up Marilyn.

  6. csuhpat1
    28 April 2017 / 15:09

    Have a fun bank holiday.

  7. vanity andme
    28 April 2017 / 08:30

    Have a great bank holiday Claire xx

    • 29 April 2017 / 06:01

      Thanks Laurie, you too lovely.