Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Sweet and Cheesy Onion Casserole

If you're an onion lover, this one's for you. This dish is one that always receives compliments, even from people who claim they don't enjoy onions. It is a perfect accompaniment to any meat and has been gracing our holiday table for many, many years now. Cheesy and comforting. What more can you ask for?

Pre-heat oven to 350* In a large Dutch oven,in 3 T. butter and 2 T. olive oil, saute 7-8 large size sweet onions that have been cut into a medium dice. Add 1&1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. black pepper, 1 T. garlic powder and a pinch of fresh ground nutmeg. Continue to saute approximately 10-15 minutes until onions are soft and semi-translucent.

At this point, add 1 T. sugar and allow to melt and form a syrup in the sauteed onions. To thicken the sauce, add 2-3 T. all purpose flour and stir into the onion mixture. Cook for an additional few minutes and then remove from heat.

Grate 8 oz. Monterrey Jack and 8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese. Add grated cheeses into the onion mixture and mix to combine thoroughly.

Pour onion and cheese mixture into a greased casserole dish. Top entire mixture with 1 C. 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!!!