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    Boiled Onions

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    43 mins

    3 mins

    40 mins

    Ellee's Note:

    Boiled onions have always been a traditional part of my family's Thanksgiving dinner. I always assumed it was a mainstay holiday side dish for evey family in Amerca, but since I've gotten 'out in the world' see that I was mistaken. SO - I'm posting this recipe because boiled onions are AWESOME and I hope to hear from other New Englanders who agree with me. I don't wait for Thanksgiving but serve them several times a year.

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    • 2 lbs onions (white, yellow, or vidalia)
    • 1 tablespoon margarine (I use Smart Balance Light) or 1 tablespoon butter
    • 1 tablespoon sugar (adjust according to your preference, if using Vidalia or other sweet onions, can cut the sugar in ha)
    • salt and pepper


    1. 1
      Wash onions, trim ends and remove outer layer (keep whole).
    2. 2
      Cook in salted boiling water for 30- 50 minutes (depending on size of onions) until soft and onion layers start to 'come apart'.
    3. 3
      Drain water, and toss onions w/ margarine, sugar, salt and pepper.
    4. 4
      You can make this recipe a day or 2 in advance, store in fridge, and heat up in microwave just before serving.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on April 15, 2012


      Well this was a first for me, having onions as the star in a vegetable side dish. I love onions so I had to try it. Super simple to make and good flavour too. Thanks for sharing your recipe. Made for Spring PAC 2012.

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    • on December 23, 2011

      Boston girl here, we too had boiled onions with Thanksgiving dinner. We always use "boiling onions". Thanks for sharing, Yummy!

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    • on March 27, 2009


      Well, I am not from New England but I thought these were fantastic! I used sweet onions and I think that next time I may just omit the sugar all together. They tasted wonderful with the sugar, but I am confident that they will be just as pleasant without :) Next go-round I am going to use pearl onions... YUM!

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    Nutritional Facts for Boiled Onions

    Serving Size: 1 (93 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 51.3
    Calories from Fat 11
    Total Fat 1.2 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 16.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 9.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.5 g
    Sugars 5.1 g
    Protein 1.0 g

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