PUBLISHED: 12:53 PM on Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Oh-so sweet Super Sunday Buffet
Fans Young and Old Will Get a Kick Out of This Tasty Mediterranean Feast

  Aliza Green, a James Veard award-winning author, has been a chef and food writer for more than 30 years. Her recent books include "Field Guide to Produce" (Quirk Books) and "Beans: More than 200 Wholesome, Delicious Recipes from Around the World" (Running Press).
People in the Mediterranean have been cooking with onions for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians ate lots of onions and even believed they were an aphrodisiac. Maybe that's why they ate so many! The Israelites wandering in the wilderness longed for the onions they ate in Egypt. Too bad they never had the chance to taste OSO Sweet Onions, grown at the foot of Chile's Andes Mountains, where perfect growing conditions produce large, juicy, mild onions with record-high sugar content, crisp texture and mild flavor that doesn't kick back.

Onions are the essential vegetable... "It's hard to imagine a civilization without onions." - Julia Child
Zesty OSO Sweet Onions are in season just in time for the big game - no tickets needed to enjoy them in this hearty, healthy Mediterranean buffet. In Jacksonville, home of this year's Super Sunday, and elsewhere in Florida, people eat more OSO Sweet Onions than anywhere else in the country. These adaptable onions are mild enough to use raw in salad, versatile enough to sauté, grill, fry or roast. Taste them caramelized atop a delectable onion pizza, and you'll be sure to cheer!

People who avoid ordinary onions go for OSO Sweets because they contain so little pyruvic acid, the substance that causes tears, harshness and indigestion. So, you can use as much onion as you like without tearing eyes or onion breath. Onions are always a winner because they contain naturally occurring phytochemicals that reduce the risk of cancer and help protect against heart disease.

Help keep your New Year's resolution to eat healthier with this tastymake-ahead menu, which gets extra points because the whole family gets to watch the game.