Barefoot Bloggers – Herb Roasted Onions

by jerseygirl on November 13, 2008 · 37 comments

Today is my first recipe as part of the Barefoot Bloggers group. Twice monthly, I will be making a recipe by the Barefoot Contessa (Ina Garten) which is picked out by someone in the group. This week, it happens to be Herb Roasted Onions picked by Kelly of Baking with the Boys. I hardly ever follow recipes to the exact instructions but this time I planned to. I didn’t want to be the new kid that was a rebel. I was going to do as I was told. I then realized I only had yellow onions so I used them instead of red onions.

I am the only person in my house that will eat roasted onions. No amount of chocolate or leftover Halloween candy could be used as a bribe to get the husband and kids to even try them. That was fine as I had them all to myself. They were sweet, savory and a perfect addition to the pork roast I made. Try them, you’ll love em!

Herb Roasted Onions
(Ina Garten 2007)

2 red onions
1 yellow onion
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/2 tablespoon minced fresh parsley leaves

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Remove the stem end of each onion and carefully slice off the brown part of the root end, leaving the root intact. Peel the onion. Stand each onion root end up on a cutting board and cut the onion in wedges through the root. Place the wedges in a bowl.

For the dressing, combine the lemon juice, mustard, garlic, thyme, salt, and pepper in a large bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Pour the dressing over the onions and toss well.
With a slotted spoon, transfer the onions to a sheet pan, reserving the vinaigrette that remains in the bowl. Bake the onions for 30 to 45 minutes, until tender and browned. Toss the onions once during cooking. Remove from the oven, and drizzle with the reserved dressing. Sprinkle with parsley, season to taste and serve warm or at room temperature.

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Debbie November 13, 2008 at 8:30 am

They look delicious and I’ll bet they were wonderful with the pork roast!

Clumbsy Cookie November 13, 2008 at 9:26 am

Sorry to say I’m with your husband and kids on this one, lol! But good on yo for joining the BB!

Veronica November 13, 2008 at 9:40 am

So glad you joined! I’ll bet they worked really well with roast pork.

Candy November 13, 2008 at 9:43 am

Those look great! I only had yellow too–

Aggie November 13, 2008 at 9:53 am

Weren’t they great? Welcome to the group!! They look delicious!

Katherine Aucoin November 13, 2008 at 9:58 am

The onions do sound good, I think my husband would eat them without being bribed! These would go great with steak too.

Katie November 13, 2008 at 10:15 am

Looks so delicious!

Cathy November 13, 2008 at 10:17 am

Welcome to BB! I’m so glad that you liked these onions and that you didn’t have to share them 🙂 I bet they were great with pork roast. The possibilities are really endless with these!

Peggy November 13, 2008 at 10:23 am

I bet they were great with your pork, just like mine! I feel your pain with the family that doesn’t like onions. You have the prettiest, most colorful blog! I love it.

Maria November 13, 2008 at 10:26 am

Great job on your fist BB. The onions look fantastic!

Sara November 13, 2008 at 10:29 am

I made these a few months ago with mini red torpedo onions and cipollini onions, I thought they were really good!

Allie November 13, 2008 at 10:34 am

Your onions look great! Sounds like a great group to join.

Dawn November 13, 2008 at 11:29 am

Those onions looks delish! Of course, I’d be the only one eating them in my house as well! 🙂

Thank you for stopping by my blog and commenting!! I appreciate the bloggy love.

Anne November 13, 2008 at 11:37 am

Welcome to the group! Those look wonderful and I bet they went perfect with the pork. Great job!

Michele November 13, 2008 at 12:36 pm

We love roasted onions! Hate what they do to our tummies…but absolutely love them. I could see throwing these onions on a fresh grilled burger. The lemon, Dijon and thyme would go fabulous with a burger. If you have any leftovers you can send them over to me!

Stacey Snacks November 13, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Ina would be proud.
Did I tell you that we met her last year at E.A.T. on Madison Ave. having lunch?
She was so gracious and pretty in her mink coat! Stopped to chat with us as if we were her friends.
I love her!
Nice onions too!
The family doesn’t know what they’re missing!

kat November 13, 2008 at 1:14 pm

How can they not like roasted onions?! they are so sweet & yummy

Patsyk November 13, 2008 at 1:28 pm

What’s not to like? I’ll take their portions!

Pam November 13, 2008 at 1:49 pm

Yum! I love, love, love onions and these look fantastic. Your husband and kids are missing out – but at least that means you don’t have to share.

Bill November 13, 2008 at 2:35 pm

Yum, all your stuff looks so great. I have been on a “blogging sabbatical” during my children’s marching band season, but I am back. Thanks for friending me on Food Buzz.


Have Fun!

chocolatechic November 13, 2008 at 5:41 pm


I would have also kept all the chocolate to myself too.

Mary Ann November 13, 2008 at 5:42 pm

These would taste really good with pot roast. Too bad the candy bribe didn’t work, but that just means more goodness for you!

Suzie November 13, 2008 at 6:24 pm

Welcome – hope you enjoy it as much as I am. And feel free to jazz your recipes as much as you like. There is a lot of that in our group!

Dawn November 13, 2008 at 6:46 pm

I was going to say how perfect these would be with your roast but you did that.
You must remember all my posts with caramelized onions, so I do love cooked onions, a lot. I must try this.

Mrs. L November 13, 2008 at 8:21 pm

I LOVE roasted onions. Off to grab my Ina cookbook to see about giving this a try!

Lori November 13, 2008 at 8:36 pm

I love onions and they are very good for you as well. They thin out your blood and some other things as well.

Esi November 13, 2008 at 8:54 pm

Welcome to BB!! There’s nothing wrong with being a rebel 🙂

priscilla November 13, 2008 at 9:32 pm

those look yummy, but i happen to have something in me that can’t eat onions much…grilled definetely takes away the strong flavor!

HoneyB November 13, 2008 at 9:41 pm

They look great and I’m sure you’ll have fun with the BB!

Tink November 13, 2008 at 10:32 pm

I love onions and they look awesome to eat! I bet they would be great mixed in with red, yellow and green peppers too!

The Blonde Duck November 13, 2008 at 10:44 pm

They look interesting! Like Clumbsy, you might have to bribe me too!

Tanya November 14, 2008 at 12:02 am

That looks GREAT!

Psssst….you’re a WINNER!!!! (I was so excited when you were picked!!)

That Girl November 14, 2008 at 12:55 am

These would be awesome with pork

Yasmeen November 14, 2008 at 10:53 am

Simply delicious Onions with roasted herb flavor ,I’d eat that with some warm brown rice:)
A surprise for you in my blog:)

webbie November 14, 2008 at 12:14 pm

Welcome to the BBs!. The onions look great. So sad about people who don’t eat onions. They just don’t know what they are missing.

Jennifer November 14, 2008 at 4:17 pm

I just started eating onions this year and I LOVE them, especially red ones. I am going to make it this weekend!

Jan November 17, 2008 at 7:33 pm

Those onions sound delish, and I’m sure they paired beautifully with roast pork.

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