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Slow roasted onions with cheesy bacon crumble

Slow roasted onions with cheesy bacon crumble

These delicious slow roasted onions with cheesy bacon crumble make for a great side dish. Caramelised and packed full of flavour, this is sure to be a hit at your next dinner party.

Serves: 8

Prep: 15 mins

Cooking time: 1 hour 20 mins


  • 8 medium brown onions
  • 2 tbs water
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 100g streaky rindless bacon, chopped
  • 2/3 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1⁄2 cup finely grated parmesan
  • Fresh thyme, to serve


  1. Preheat oven to 150°C fan forced. Peel the onions, then cut in half crossways.
  2. Place the onions in a roasting pan, so that they fit snugly together in a single layer. Pour the water into the pan, it should just cover the base. 3. Press a sheet of baking paper onto the surface then cover tightly with foil. Cook for 1 hour.
  3. Remove the foil and baking paper, drain the liquid. Increase the oven 220C° fan forced. Combine the oil and maple syrup in a jug, pour over the onions then return to the oven. Roast uncovered, for 20 minutes, carefully turning over after 10 minutes or until onions are lightly caramelized.
  4. Meanwhile, place bacon into a non-stick frying pan over medium heat, cook stirring until light golden. Add the breadcrumbs and, cook, shaking the pan until breadcrumbs are light golden. Remove from the heat, stir in the parmesan and season.
  5. Spoon the crumble and thyme over the onions to serve. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Serving suggestion: Delicious served with chicken or roast lamb, beef or pork. Also great for Christmas buffet table.

Serving suggestion: Great served with steak and slaw on an open steak sandwich.

Recipe and image courtesy of Australian Onions.