Roasted onions with crispy bacon and blue stilton

Roasted onions topped with melted stilton and bacon crumbles on a plate with thyme sprigs and blue stilton cheese

Why Make Roasted Onions?

Is it just me or have people forgotten about roasted onions as a side dish?  Sure, they are quartered and spread with other root vegetables at the bottom of a roasting tray alongside a gigantic roast where they are cooked until dry, burnt, and tosses aside as they are no longer edible.

But as a stand-alone side dish or appetizer?  I can’t think of the last time I saw such a thing. Apparently, it has gone out of fashion which is a bit of a shame really when you consider how good a tender and golden brown caramelized onion can be.

So, keeping this in mind, I decided to bring them back. I am a bit of a champion for the long-forgotten underdog dish. It’s time to bring them back to the table in a glorious comeback.  After all, there are always onions kicking around, needing a good use for them.  So, why not this simple dish?

 

Roasted onions topped with melted stilton and bacon crumbles on a plate with thyme sprigs and blue stilton cheese

 

Why put cheese with onion?

When I first moved to the UK, I was most excited about the local supermarket cheese aisle.  After 10 plus years of living in Asia where good cheese was expensive and hard to come by, strolling down the Tesco cheese aisle was an absolute dream.

Over the past couple of months, I have happily savored the finest cheeses Scotland has to offer and learned a new thing or two about what goes well served with them such as chutneys, oatcakes, and most importantly, onion.

For as long as people in the UK have been devouring cheese sandwiches, they have added onion to them. Just a little bit of sharp onion grated into a bitey cheese made the pairing a match made in mouth heaven and not just for the ubiquitous sandwich.

This flavor combination of cheese and onion is quite popular in British pies, pastries, potato chips and whatever else you can find. So, why put a sprinkling of cheese on roasted onions?  Because why would you choose anything else?

 

Throw it in with your favorite roast.

When it comes to side dishes, this is as easy as it comes.  The hardest part is fighting back tears as you peel the onions.

Other than that, simply throw it in the oven with your favorite roast then let the heat of the oven work its magic.  I like to make this recipe around the holidays with a bacon-wrapped stuffed turkey but then again, any roast will do as long as there are roasted onions to go along with it!

 

raw vegetables in a baking dish
Peel onions and cut off the ends. Cut down the middle and assemble in a baking or roasting tray.
raw onion halves topped with bacon grease, white wine and chopped thyme leaves
Drizzle half a tablespoon of white wine over each onion then sprinkle chopped fresh thyme leaves over the onions. Take the bacon grease that is still in the pan and drizzle it over the onions.
roasted onions in a baking tray topped with blue stilton and bacon crumbles
Cover with baking foil or lid and place in the oven to roast for 40-60 minutes or until soft and slightly browning on the edges. Remove from oven. Crumble the blue stilton and crispy bacon and sprinkle both over the tops of the onions.
roasted onions topped with melted blue stilton and bacon crumbles in a baking tray
Place back in the oven and roast uncovered for 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven when onions are brown and slightly crispy and the cheese has melted.
Roasted onions topped with melted stilton and bacon crumbles on a plate with thyme sprigs and blue stilton cheese
Serve hot with your favorite roast or even as an appetizer.
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Roasted onions topped with melted stilton and bacon crumbles on a plate with thyme sprigs and blue stilton cheese

Roasted onions with crispy bacon and blue stilton


  • Author: Spicepaw
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 3-4 1x

Description

Roasted onions topped with tangy blue stilton and crispy bacon.  An easy side dish to accompany your favorite roast. #roast #holidays #recipe #cheese #easysidedish #onions


Ingredients

Scale

34 yellow medium sized onions

34 slices of streaky bacon

1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (chopped)

34 tbsp white wine

12 oz blue stilton


Instructions

Preheat oven to 200 C (400  F) or 180 C ( 350 F) with fan.

Fry strips of bacon in a pan or medium-high heat until crispy then remove from pan and place on paper towels to soak up the excess grease.  DO NOT THROW AWAY THE BACON GREASE.  Keep that to drizzle over the onions later.

Peel onions and cut off the ends.

Cut down the middle and assemble in a baking or roasting tray.

Drizzle half a tablespoon of white wine over each onion then sprinkle chopped fresh thyme leaves over the onions.

Take the bacon grease that is still in the pan and drizzle it over the onions.

Cover with baking foil or lid and place in the oven to roast for 40-60 minutes or until soft and slightly browning on the edges.

Remove from oven.  Crumble the blue stilton and crispy bacon and sprinkle both over the tops of the onions.  Remember that blue stilton packs a punch so go easy with it if you are not that big of a fan of it.

Place back in the oven and roast uncovered for 5-10 minutes.  Remove from oven when onions are brown and slightly crispy and the cheese has melted.

Serve hot with your favorite roast or even as an appetizer.

Notes

Don’t like stinky cheeses like blue stilton? No problem!  Just substitute your favorite cheese instead.  I recommend gruyere or sharp cheddar for this recipe.

  • Category: Appetizer, side dish
  • Method: Roasting
  • Cuisine: Western

Keywords: Onions, roast, roast onions, thyme, white wine, cheese, bacon, blue stilton

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Author: Natasha

I'm just a busy expat mom who has a psychological need to feed people. I enjoy learning about new cultures, (especially the food) and enjoy experimenting with new ingredients and spices

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