Stuffed Onions + Sage and Gruyére Cheese – a unique and absolutely delicious side dish to elevate any meal!
Stuffed onions. With bacon, bread and cheese. Only three of the most delicious types of food on the planet! All sautéed together and shoved into a hollowed out sweet, yellow onion. I mean, come on.
So this recipe keeps a special place in my heart. Back before I was a food blogger, and before we had kids – it might even have been before we were married – my husband and I lived in a small apartment near the City and every weekend I would plan out these elaborate meals and try new recipes (I really should have seen the writing on the wall…. food was my destiny). Well one of these weekends, I seriously went all out and I literally planned a surprise 4-course meal for him. I grabbed one of my favorite Martha Stewart cookbooks and picked out four different recipes …. this was one of them.
I even typed up the menu and printed it out….. that ‘s how serious this was you guys.
And, as I am sure you have guessed by now, this was on the menu.
I don’t know why that one dinner stands out in my mind. I think it is one of those memories that just becomes emblazoned into your mind. At the time, it didn’t seem so significant, but looking back – it is a memory that is full of happiness (I was and still am head over heels for that hilariously wonderful man). Food has always been a way that I show my love and affection for others. I absolutely love, love, LOVE to cook. And I love sharing that with other people. I think that it also is a sign, in retrospect, that I was meant to do something with food in my life, in some capacity.
So, to me these are not just simple onions, they are a sweet little symbol of a wonderful memory, of my love for my main squeeze and for my love of cooking.
And I hope you love them too.
When was the last time you surprised your go-to person? Who doesn’t love a surprise? Seriously – I know once you have kiddos, that becomes a little bit more difficult (speaking from experience), but man – I think we could all stand to go out of our way to make our loved ones feel special. With food or however you like to show your love. That’s your homework – go surprise someone… with something wonderful and make their day a little better.
Over the years, I have tweaked Martha’s (yeah we are totally on a first name basis…) recipe a bit to make it my own – here is the low-down:
- Take a yellow onion and cut about the top 1/4 off, if that.
2. Then peel the onion and cut of the other end, ever so slightly, to ensure it will sit flatly in the pan.
3. Use a scoop to remove the inside of the onion. Save the insides. If you scoop and the bottom chunk comes out, leaving a gaping hole – it’s okay. Just trim it and put it back in once you are done scooping. It’s okay if it doesn’t fit perfectly anymore.
4. Place onions in a pan.
5. Add enough chicken broth to cover the bottom of the pan by about 1/2 inch. The place in the oven for 20 minutes.
6. Cook your bacon. Add bread and the onion insides. And then sage, salt and pepper. Oh and some cheese 🙂
7. Stuff the onions and top with cheese.
And after the oven…
Oh you guys, they are so good!
So currently on your “to-do” list:
- Surprise someone you love with something…. beautiful.
- Make Stuffed Onions
These are not mutually exclusive 🙂
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- 4 large yellow onions (cut off top ¼, hollow out and roughly chop up insides, cut off bottom just to make flat)
- ½ cup chicken broth
- 6 slices of hickory smoked bacon
- 2 slices of bread, cubed
- 1½ cups Gruyere cheese, shredded
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¾ Tablespoon ground sage
- Preheat oven to 450.
- Place onions in deep baking pan.
- Add chicken broth.
- Bake for 20 minutes and then remove onions from pan, drain liquid, and return them to the pan,
- While the onions are baking, cook bacon in skillet until they start to get crispy.
- Add onion and let cook down for about 5-7 minutes.
- Add bread and mix.
- Add sage and pepper.
- Fold in 1 cup of cheese.
- Stuff onions with bacon mixture and top with additional cheese.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes