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Onion Babies

Onions are inexpensive and readily available. Most often we add them to a recipe which for added flavour, but these little onions stand on their own. It's all about the little pickling onion which is a dry small brown or white onion, which is easy to find. The next time you are looking for that perfect little addition to barbecued steak or chicken, or to add to a hot appetizer tray try these! Thyme and bread crumbs are baked crisp on top of these mild tasting onion babies. I think you're going to like these!

  • 12 pickling onions, trimmed and peeled
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves, (not thyme powder)
  • several grinds of salt and cracked pepper
  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • olive oil,
  1. Heat oven to 375ยบ. Peel and trim on end of onions.
  2. Place onions in a small sauce pan with a an inch of boiling water. Allow onions to cook for 3-4 minutes, until they just start to open.
  3. Carefully using a slotted spoon take the onions out of water and place on a baking dish. Stand them as best you can so the end that looks most like a 'blossom' is standing up.
  4. Combine bread crumbs with the melted butter, thyme leaves, salt and pepper.
  5. Using a small spoon top the tender onions with the crumb mixture, carefully pressing it into the layers of the onions.
  6. Drizzle each onion with a little bit of olive oil and bake for 15 minutes, or until the bread crumbs are golden brown. Serve these little onion babies hot!


  1. This is definitely a recipe I want to try! I love onions!

  2. What a great side or appetizer! Those little gems look so delectable.
    Have a wonderful weekend Kathy.

  3. What a great idea...for all us onion lovers! I'm thinking Betty won't be making these anytime soon:)

    1. You have that right, Judy:) They do look pretty though!

  4. Hi Kathy, do you know if there is a difference between pearl onions & pickling onions?? As I could only find pearl onions, & after boiling for 10 minutes they still had not opened for me. Any ideas?? As I would like to try these again as they sound delicious. Thankyou & have a Great Day!

  5. Hi Kathy, do you know if their is a difference between pearl onions & pickling onions?? I was only able to buy pearl onions, & after boiling for 10 mins. they still did not open up? Any ideas, as I would like to try these again?? Thankyou & have a Great Day!

  6. Dear anonymous, I have only used pickling onions for these so I can't speak from experience with pearl onions, but I do know that they are more available than the pickling onions the whole year through.
    After you peeled the onion did you cut the top off.....that is what helps them open when boiling.
    I'll have to go and purchase some pearl onions and give this a try.
    Thanks for pointing this out to me. Good luck.

    1. Good Morning, yes I did cut off both ends of the onion. ???? Where did you buy your pickling onions? Thanks for responding.


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