Golden baked onions

Makes 6


  • 6 brown onions, peeled and halved
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup finely grated smoked mozzarella
  • ½ cup finely grated Gruyère


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Place the onions, cut-side up, in a greased baking dish. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 90 minutes. Uncover and bake for a further 15 minutes or until just starting to brown.
  2. Combine the cream, thyme, mustard and cheeses and spoon over the onions. Bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes or until the onions are golden.
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