Recipe by bluemoon downunder
I found this recipe on The Splendid Table website. What I am posting here is an adaptation of the adaptation I found there of a recipe for Baked Onions from 'Happy Days with the Naked Chef' by Jamie Oliver. Sounds well-worth trying. Baked onions are a great accompaniment to roasts. To significantly reduce the fat content, use a low-fat or reduced fat cream.
Top Review by Noo
I saw the programme when Jamie made these as part of Sunday lunch for pop band Jamiroquai,and made a mental note to try them one day.So I was pleased when I saw that BlueMoon had posted it. I also added some chopped bacon to the onion mixture,which was really lovely.I served this along side our Christmas roast,and it went down well.I would also recommend smaller onions,as I felt they were a little on the large side. A lovely dish,with good flavours,that looks great too.Thanks BlueMoon,I'll be doing this again.
- 4 white onions, tennis-ball-sized, peeled
- olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
- 4 sprigs fresh rosemary, lower leaves picked and chopped
- 8 tablespoons heavy cream
- grated parmesan cheese
- sea salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 4 slices pancetta or 4 slices bacon
Directions See How It's Made
- Boil the onions in plenty of water for 15 minutes or until slightly tender.
- Remove the onions from the pan and allow to cool.
- With a sharp knife, remove the top inch of each onion, finely chop and place to one side.
- Slightly trim the stalk end of the onions so that the onions will sit flat on a roasting tray.
- Taking care to keep the outside of each onion intact, cut about a heaped tablespoon of onion out from the inside of each onion.
- Finely chop these removed sections of the onion and add to the rest of the chopped onion.
- Preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Heat a saute pan and add a little olive oil, the garlic, the chopped onions, and just a little of the chopped rosemary.
- Saute for a couple of minutes until the garlic and onion have softened, then turn the heat down, add the cream and remove the onions and garlic from the heat.
- Stir in the Parmesan and season.
- Wrap a slice of pancetta around the middle of each onion and spike it in place with a sharpened twig of rosemary or a wooden toothpick.
- Place the onions on a roasting tray and spoon some of the chopped onion mixture inside each one.
- Bake in the preheated oven for around 25 minutes until the onions are soft and tender.
- How long this takes is, of course, dependent on the size of the onions. "It's cool to experiment with different cheeses, so give it a bash," says Jamie.
- I presume he is suggesting topping the baked onions with cheese.
- When the onions are cooked right through, remove and serve.