Jamie Oliver's World's Best Baked Onions





  • 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.