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How to Make Creamed Onions Using Sweet Onions, Vidalia's or Peru or Texas Sweet Onions

Fully illustrated, easy directions

Creamed onions are a tradition and favorite in my family and you like them, then here's an easy recipe for you! Following these directions ANYONE can make creamed onions for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any occasion! Using sweet large onions, this recipe is easy and tasty. If you prefer the creamed pearl onions, see this page !

Ingredients and Equipment

Yields about 5 servings

  • 2 lb fresh large sweet onions: Vidalia onions, Texas Sweet Onions, Peru Sweet Onions, etc.
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 pint cup milk, heavy cream or half-and-half (I prefer the fat free half and half, to cut calories, fat and cholesterol, but retain the body and flavor)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon black pepper (to taste)
  • Cornstarch - about 4 tablespoons
  • Large pot or saucepan
  • Optional:

    • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
    • 3 tablespoons butter

Step 1 - Prepare the onions

Peel the onions, but leave the ends mostly intact, just cutting off the very tip of each end. This helps to keep the onion segments together. Next, quarter the onions, leaving a pit of the root end on each quarter, again to help hold it together.

pearl Onions, simmeringStep 2 - Cook the onions

Simmer the onions, still with their skins on, just the ends cut off in a large pot (say 3 to 6 quart) of boiling water until tender through, about 20 minutes.

Step 3 - Drain the cooked onions

Drain the onions in a sieve, but save the liquid!

Step 4 - Reheat the onions

This time, put the onions in the pot and add 1 cup of the saved onion juice, enough to fill the pot halfway up the onions.

Heat the mix to a gentle boil. Add 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper, and if you desire 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

Step 5 - Mix the cornstarch in the half and half

Whisk the 4 tablespoons of corn starch in the half and half, milk or cream.

Step 6 - Add the half and half

Add the half and half or cream / cornstarch mixture to the boiling onions/water mixture while stirring continuously. It should start to thicken almost immediately. If it is not a thick as you like, you can blend a couple more tablespoons of cornstarch in milk, cream, or half and half then add it to the gently boiling mixture. As soon as you reach the desired thickness, remove from the heat.

Step 7 - Season to taste

Stir in pepper, and any nutmeg or paprika that you like. I like just the pepper, sometimes, just a 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg, too.

Older recipes use a butter / flour mixture, called a "roux" (French, pronounced "roo"), but I preferr cornstarch since it does not have the pastey, flour taste, and cuts fat and calories, and thickens more reliably, too. So... if you are accustomed to the taste of the butter, you can add 3 or 4 tablespoons of butter now, just for taste.

Now, you are ready to serve!

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