Saturday, November 13, 2010
Sweet And Cheesy Onion Casserole
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large Dutch oven, melt 3 T. butter and 2 T. olive oil, saute 7-8 large sweet onions that have been cut into a medium dice. Add 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, 1 tablespoon garlic powder and a pinch of fresh grated nutmeg (optional). Continue to saute approximately 10-15 minutes until onions are soft and semi-translucent.
At this point, add 1 tablespoon sugar and allow to dissolve and form a syrup in the sauteed onion mixture. To thicken the sauce, add 2-3 tablespoons all purpose flour and stir into the onion mixture until completely incorporated. Cook for an additional few minutes to remove the raw flour taste and then remove from heat.
Pour onion and cheese mixture into a greased casserole dish. Top entire mixture with 1 cup Panko crumbs and drizzle 1 T. melted butter over top. Bake for 35 minutes until cheese is bubbly around the sides and the panko crumbs are browned. So good and so comforting!!!
I wish I had additional pictures to share of this heartwarming classic from around our holiday table but unfortunately, I don't. We always dig in too fast, and before you know it it's just a loving distant memory. It's certainly a dish we'll dream sweet dreams of while napping on the couch, after the large holiday feast.
Having said that, don't save this recipe just for the holidays. It goes well during the summer with a big steak off the grill too. Oh, hey now. Doesn't that sound tasty?
Because this is a family classic recipe, I'm planning on designing a "Sweet and Cheesy Onion Casserole" tile. I'll be sure to link it to this post when it's finished. I'm thinking outside of the "recipe box" with this idea. I think it's a good one and I can't wait to get started :) Here's the link: "Family Classic Recipe Trivet"
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