Total Time
1hr 15mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 5 mins

These savory onions are made from a recipe found in the 500 ALL-TIME GREAT RECIPES cookbook. The can easily be made vegetarian by omitting the small amount of ham used.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Peel onions without cutting through the bases.
  2. In large pot of boiling water, cook onions about 20 minutes.
  3. Drain & immerse in a pot of COLD water.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F & oil a baking dish big enough to contain the 6 onions without crowding.
  5. Using a small sharp knife, cut around & scoop out the central section of each onion.
  6. Remove about half the inside (saving it for soup or sandwiches).
  7. Lightly salt empty cavities, then let onions drain upside down.
  8. In a small bowl, beat the ham into the egg.
  9. Stir in bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, nutmeg & ALL BUT 3 tablespoons of the grated cheese.
  10. Add 3 tablespoons of the oil & season with salt & pepper.
  11. Pat insides of the onions dry with paper towels, then stuff them using a small spoon.
  12. Arrange onions in one layer in prepared baking dish.
  13. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese & then with oil.
  14. Bake for 45 minutes, or until onions are tender & golden on top.
  15. Remove from oven & serve hot!


Most Helpful

Tasty. The only problem with this recipe was the chef making it (yes I admit it the error came in my scraping skills). Vidalia Onions are a must and will cut poaching time down to 15 minutes. Made these yesterday for this evenings dinner and it worked out well. Thanks for the post. Made for 1`2`3` Hits.

Debbwl July 13, 2009

Excellent, Syd! I'm also not a great scraper-outer, but I persevered! My onions were medium sized, might be a bit easier with bigger ones. I omitted the ham, but made to recipe otherwise, we really enjoyed these slightly different vegetables! I would happily serve these to guests, as bluemoon commented, very easy to prepare ahead of time, so a great crowd pleaser! Made for Vegetarian swap#8, March 09

Karen Elizabeth March 19, 2009

Oh boy are these tasty! I had a bit of trouble with the out rings of the onions falling off as I tried to dig out the center but I am certain I simply lack the grace and gentleness that it requires. I used cheddar and jack as that is all I had in the house but I think it would be even more lovely with another combination. I also think vidalia or walla walla would be outstanding onions in this dish. The nutmeg adds a nice touch.

invictus July 23, 2008

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