In-season sweet onions filled with spinach and mushrooms and topped with cheese make a perfect side for summer entrées like grilled steak or chicken.
We've been serving this recipe for spinach and mushroom stuffed onions as an accompaniment to grilled steak for years, and the combination is one of our favorite summer meals.
Most varieties of sweet onions are at their peak flavor and availability in spring and summer, so it's a good time to upgrade their status from flavoring element to featured ingredient in recipes like this one.
We chose large Vidalia onions, cut them in half and popped out the centers leaving a tasty little onion bowl to hold our bread-free stuffing.
The filling is simply made by sautéing the interior of the onions along with mushrooms and fresh spinach, then adding a splash of cream and a topping of smooth-melting cheese like Muenster or Havarti.
Baked until the cheese is browned and bubbly, these stuffed onions make an easy, low-carb side dish that's light, flavorful and totally satisfying.
- 2 lbs sweet onions (about 2 large Vidalia, Texas Sweet or Walla Walla)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 4 ounces white button mushrooms, chopped
- 3 cups fresh spinach, roughly chopped, loosely packed
- 2 tablespoons cream or half-and-half
- 4 thick slices smooth-melting cheese (Muenster, American, Havarti)
- 1 scallion, chopped (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 375°F and coat a small rimmed baking sheet with nonstick spray.
- Cut a thin slice from both the stem and root end of the onions, then cut in half crosswise and peel. Pop out the centers leaving the outer 3 rings in tact and arrange the onion halves on the prepared baking sheet.
- Cover the holes left in the bottom of the onion halves by cutting appropriately sized pieces from the onion you removed and laying them across the opening. Brush the onion halves with about 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, season with salt and pepper and pre-bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
- While the onion shells bake, dice the onion you removed from the shells. Heat the butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
- Once the butter has melted, add the diced onion and sauté until soft and translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the flour and continue cooking until well blended and light gold in color.
- Add the mushrooms and continue cooking until they are lightly browned, stirring often, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the spinach, 1 cup at a time, waiting until each addition has wilted before adding more.
- Stir in the cream and cook until all liquid has evaporated and the mixture has a creamy consistency. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then spoon into the onion halves.
- Top each onion with a slice of cheese and bake until the cheese is browned and bubbly, 10 to 12 minutes.
- Transfer to a serving plate and garnish with chopped scallions if desired.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 270 Total Fat: 18g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 9g Cholesterol: 32mg Sodium: 207mg Carbohydrates: 23g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 13g Protein: 6g