By Kathryn Hatter

Instead of using diced or minced onion as a seasoning to complement savory dishes, some onions are tasty enough to become the stars of the show. Vidalia onions -- named for the city in Georgia where they originated -- have a sweet, savory combination that makes them an ideal baking onion. Microwave whole onions to prepare a simple, yet memorable, side dish.

Cooking a whole onion in the microwave makes a savory treat.

Step 1

Remove the outer peel of the onion and place it onto the cutting board. Slice off the top and bottom edges of the onion with the chef's knife.

Step 2

Insert the tip of the knife into the center of the onion and cut out the center core -- about the center 1 inch to 2 inches of a large onion. Place about 1 tbsp. of butter inside the cavity of the onion.

Step 3

Place the onion into the baking dish. Microwave it uncovered for about five minutes on high power.

Step 4

Season the onion with salt and pepper after you finish cooking it.