Apple-Raisin Stuffed Onions

Course : Onions
Serves: 4
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4 medium Onions -- 1-1/2 pounds
3 tablespoons margarine
1/2 cup celery -- chopped
1 cup carrots -- shredded
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3/4 teaspoon curry powder
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/3 cup tart apples -- chopped
1/4 cup raisins

Preparation / Directions:

* Use a large sweet onion, such as Spanish, Bermuda or even the Vidalia type sweet onions. Total weight: about 1-1/2 pounds. 1. Peel onions; cut off one quarter of each onion from the top and trim root end, leaving root end intact. 2. Use a large melon-ball scoop or grapefruit spoon to remove centers of onions, leaving 1/4-inch thick shells. 3. Stand onion shells in saucepan with 1 inch boiling water; cover and let steam for 15 minutes. Remove from heat; invert onto wire rack to drain and cool. 4. Finely chop onion centers; you will have about 1/2 cup. Melt margarine in skillet and saute the chopped onion for 3 minutes. Add celery and saute 1 minute longer. 5. Stir in shredded carrots, mustard, curry powder and Tabasco sauce; remove from heat. 6. Blend in apple and raisins. Spoon stuffing into onion shells. Place in small baking dish and pour hot water into dish to a depth of 1 inch. 7. Bake in preheated 325-degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until onions are heated through.

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