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Pearl Onions au Gratin

 





This fabulous recipe comes from Food & Wine Magazine. It's credited to Barbara Lynch and originally appeared in the November 2006 issue. It's simple, and a perfect make a day ahead dish.



Pearl Onions au Gratin

Fresh pearl onions in a mixture of cream, garlic, shallots and bacon, then tops it all with a crispy panko crust.

* 2 1/2 pounds red or white pearl onions
* 4 thick strips of bacon, finely diced
* 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
* 2 shallots, finely chopped
* 2 garlic cloves, minced
* 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
* Salt and freshly ground pepper
* 3/4 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs) or coarse, dry bread crumbs
* 2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes. Drain and rinse under cold water. Use a sharp knife to trim off the root ends, then pinch the onions to remove the skins.

In a medium, deep skillet, cook the bacon over moderately high heat until the fat is rendered, 3 to 4 minutes. Pour the bacon fat into a heatproof cup and reserve 1 1/2 teaspoons. Drain the bacon on paper towels.

Add the butter to the skillet along with the shallots and garlic. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until reduced by half, about 10 minutes; season with salt and pepper. Transfer the pearl onions to a large, shallow baking dish and cover with the cream.

(Stop here if making a day ahead of time)

In a small bowl, toss the panko with the bacon, parsley and the 1 1/2 teaspoons of reserved bacon fat.
Season lightly with salt and pepper. Spread the crumb mixture over the onions. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until the crumbs are toasted and the onions are bubbling, about 30 minutes.

Serves 10.

To make this dish the day before prepare the onions through step three and refrigerate overnight. Return to room temperature before baking.

Make sure that you buy pearl onions and not boiling onions which are larger.

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