Easy oven-baked onions are wonderfully flavorful, creamy and cheesy. They make a wonderful side dish to meats and poultry.
These creamy baked onions are just wonderful. Baking them in the oven with heavy cream and Parmesan makes them tender, creamy, and very flavorful.
Baked onions are creamy and mild
I don’t know about you, but I really dislike raw onions. I find their pungent, sharp flavor to be quite offensive.
But something magical happens when you cook them. They become creamy and mild, almost sweet. In this recipe especially, the addition of heavy cream makes the onions extra creamy and mild.
How to make creamy baked onions
Scroll down to the recipe card for the full details. The process is simple. Cook the onions in water, then cut in half, top with a sauce of cream and Parmesan, and bake.
Cooking the onions in water prior to baking them is admittedly an extra step, but it does ensure that they turn out wonderfully creamy rather than browned and crispy.
What dishes go with creamy baked onions?
This lovely side dish goes really well with meat. Since I bake this side dish in a 400°F oven, I like to serve them with a main course that I can cook in the same oven.
Is this a healthy recipe?
I think it’s very healthy. Onions have many health benefits. As for the heavy cream, unless you need to be on a low-fat diet, current research says that dairy fat is pretty much harmless for most healthy people.
What about leftovers?
Leftovers keep quite well in the fridge, in a sealed container, for 3-4 days. Reheat them covered in the microwave on 50% power. Leftovers are also good when mixed into an omelet or a scramble.
Creamy Baked Onions
- 2 large onions, 8 oz each without refuse
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon grated Parmesan
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Peel and trim the roots of the onions but leave them whole.
- Cook the onions in a large pot of boiling water for 30 minutes, until tender. Use a slotted spoon to remove them to a plate.
- Whisk the cream with the salt, pepper and thyme.
- When the onions are cool enough to handle, slice each in half through the root. Place the onion halves, cut side down, in a small baking dish with the bay leaves. Pour the cream over the onions, sprinkle them with the Parmesan, and bake for 30 minutes, until golden.