Onions are one of the most versatile ingredients in the pantry. They can be minced and added to homemade burger patties, breaded and fried to make perfect onion rings, added raw to salads, pickled as a condiment, and made into classic dishes such as French onion soup.
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The following recipe is typically made with pearl onions, since their diminutive size makes them easy to work with and perfect to pop in your mouth whole.
Creamed pearl onions can be served alongside any kind of roasted meat. They also make a special dish for the holidays. Along with pearl onions, you will need cream, butter, nutmeg, flour, parmesan cheese, and broth.
They’re perfect served with other festive dishes like roasted turkey and/or ham, gratin potatoes, green bean casserole, cranberry sauce, or even a juicy steak fresh off the grill if you want something different. Once you’ve tried this delicious recipe for yourself, it might well become a holiday staple in your house.
Why You’ll Love the Recipe:
Although this recipe is special enough for Thanksgiving or Christmas fare, it’s easy enough to rustle up whenever you’re looking for a creamy side to go with meat or chicken. Everything about the recipe is wonderful, from the sweet, juicy little onions to the thick, bubbling creamy sauce, and the warm nutmeg which is a perfect touch. This easy onion recipe is just as delicious served at a buffet or potluck as it is during the holidays.
How to Serve Them:
Creamed onions are at their best served nice and hot while the creamy, cheesy sauce is still bubbling away. Pair them with your choice of meat, poultry or even fish.
- Frozen pearl onions
- Heavy whipping cream
- Grated parmesan cheese divided
- Vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
How to make Classic Creamed Pearl Onion:
Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Boil the onions in a pot of water for 6-8 minutes and drain well.
In a separate pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
Stir in the flour, and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
Slowly whisk the broth and heavy whipping cream in the skillet.
Stir in the nutmeg, ¼ cup of the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
Add the onions into the sauce mixture.
Spread the mixture into a well greased 9×9 baking dish, and top with the remaining cheese.
Bake for 30-35 minutes.
This amazing onion side dish has been around for many years, but every time you eat it you can’t help but smile. It’s always amazing and everything from the creaminess to the nutmeg spice, the bubbling cheese sauce, and the sweet little onions themselves is just perfect.
Classic Creamed Pearl Onions
- 24 oz. Frozen pearl onions
- ¾ C. Heavy whipping cream
- 3 Tbsp. Butter
- ¼ tsp. Nutmeg
- 3 Tbsp. Flour
- ½ C. Grated parmesan cheese divided
- ¾ C. Vegetable broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Heat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Boil the onions in a pot of water for 6-8 minutes and drain well.
- In a separate pot, melt the butter over medium heat.
- Stir in the flour, and cook for 1 minute, stirring often.
- Slowly whisk the broth and heavy whipping cream in the skillet.
- Stir in the nutmeg, ¼ cup of the parmesan cheese and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.
- Add the onions into the sauce mixture.
- Spread the mixture into a well greased 9×9 baking dish, and top with the remaining cheese.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes.
Can You Make Them Ahead?
You can prepare the dish ahead (which is always a relief when cooking for a special occasion and making multiple dishes at once) and then simply bake it when ready.
Leftovers should be fine for several days in the refrigerator. It’s best to cover the dish so the flavor of onions doesn’t permeate everything else in the fridge!
Variations and Substitutions:
If you can’t find pearl onions, you can use regular yellow ones, as long as you cut them into smaller pieces before you begin the dish. You can also sub allspice for the nutmeg.