Giovanna's Yummy Cheese Onions Recipe -
Giovanna's Yummy Cheese Onions Recipe
  • READY IN 56 mins

Giovanna's Yummy Cheese Onions

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"A layered dish of onions, bread crumbs and a velvety Monterey Jack cheese sauce. Given to me by my friend, Giovanna, this recipe has become a staple in our house. It's great alone for a snack, or as a side dish."

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Original recipe makes 6 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    30 mins
  • COOK

    26 mins

    56 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Melt 1/4 cup of butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add sliced onions, and cook until wilted and soft, but not browned. Set aside.
  3. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Mix in the flour, salt, pepper, and dry mustard. Cook stirring for 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in milk, stirring constantly until thickened. Add cheese, and cook, stirring until melted. Set aside.
  4. Spread half of the onions into the bottom of a 1 quart casserole dish or 11x7 baking dish. Spoon half of the sauce over the onions, then sprinkle with half of the bread crumbs. Repeat layering, and spray the top layer of bread crumbs with cooking spray.
  5. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, then turn on the broiler, and broil for 1 minute, until the top is golden brown.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Mar 27, 2005

Many thanks to Giovanna!! This is fabulous, I just served this at our Easter dinner (with ham) and everyone in my family enjoyed it, most had seconds. We are all pretty much onion lovers anyway but never have I had onions fixed this way. I followed the recipe to a tee, I did strain the onions because there was quite a bit of liquid in the pan that I thought should not end up in the sauce...glad I did, it was just perfect!!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jul 24, 2003

We love onions, but found that when made according to the recipe this one comes up short. The cheese sauce was a little gooey from the flour, and when finished baking, the onions were not cooked enough. Perhaps I need more details in the directions about what to expect at various stages. All is not lost though as I may try it again with my own little tweeks like carmelizing the onions first and thinning the cheese sauce.


26 Ratings

Jun 01, 2009

This recipe rated 5 stars with me - and I'm a hard marker! It came out of the oven hot and creamy - slightly browned on the top. The family raved about it - even my daughter who dislikes onions. Used Ritz crackers rather than breadcrumbs. I think the secret to making this dish is to cook the sliced onions with a gentle saute first - take your time! When they start becoming translucent - thats when they are ready. This receipe will be a keeper in this house.

Aug 02, 2005

I brought this to a potluck and the dish was scraped clean. Everyone loved it. I used one cup of Monterey Jack and one cup of Gruyere for a little extra flavor. Next time I may try adding a bit of gorgonzola.

Jan 09, 2005

I made this for a famly dinner three Chrismas's ago. I've been asked to make it every Chrismas since and I believe everyone in the family has asked me for the recipe. Over the years, I have tweaked it a bit to my own liking. I double the white sauce and don't add the cheese to it. I layer the cheese in with the rest of the layers ending with cheese on top. If you like onions, you'll love this!

Jul 11, 2006

I thought this was good, maybe a little bland but husband RAVED. I used some ailing garlic tostini as my seasoned breadcrumbs. Will definitely make again but might try to "doctor" a little.

Jul 24, 2003

I made this recipe for Thanksgiving and everyone raved about it. It was fast, easy and absolutely delicious. The only thing I would add the next time would be a touch of paprika or cayenne to add a little zip.

Dec 05, 2007

So amazing! Everyone loved it this Thanksgiving and is requesting that I make it for Christmas as well. The only thing I changed was the milk to half and half. It made it rich and wonderful!.


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  • Calories
  • 475 kcal
  • 24%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.1 g
  • 13%
  • Cholesterol
  • 78 mg
  • 26%
  • Fat
  • 28.6 g
  • 44%
  • Fiber
  • 6.1 g
  • 24%
  • Protein
  • 16.1 g
  • 32%
  • Sodium
  • 904 mg
  • 36%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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