(NAPSA) – One easy way to add a zesty burst of flavor to any meal is to slice up an onion. The inexpensive and versatile vegetable offers subtle variations of its tantalizing flavor during different seasons.
In spring and summer, the flavor of onions is milder as the vegetables have a higher water content, which is noticeable by their light-colored, thin skin.
That difference may be deliciously evident in this warm-weather meal Stuffed Panini with Sauteed Onions. To vary the flavor, caramelize or grill the onions.
Slice onions into rings and saute in oil over medium heat for 10-12 minutes or until tender. Layer chicken, bell pepper (or tomato slice) and spinach leaves evenly onto bottoms of the 4 buns.
Top each bun with sauteed onions, cheese and basil. Close buns. Place one sandwich at a time into preheated panini maker or other hinged contact grill (may fit two at a time with larger grill).
Grill 10 to 12 minutes or until golden, hot and melted.
If you don't have a hinged grill, cook sandwiches over medium-low heat about 10 minutes in a preheated, oiled heavy skillet, with another skillet pressing down on top. Watch the top pan as the buns cook. As the cheese melts, the buns may slide and the top pan may need to be stabilized.
More information and recipes are available at the National Onion Association Web site at www.onions-usa.org.