Our partner's at Let's Dish show you how to make blue cheese baked onions

CLEVELAND - Let's Dish's Chris Koetke has a recipe where the onion is the main attraction.  Intrigued?  Check out this blue cheese baked-onions.

These blue cheese baked onions make an unbelievably flavorful first course, lunch, or side dish, especially fans of blue cheese.

Recipe for Blue Cheese Baked Onions:

Difficulty: Moderate

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 2 hours and 15 minutes

Serves: 4

4 10-12 oz. onions (Spanish onions work great, although you can also certainly use

sweeter varieties)

2 oz. cream cheese, softened

2 oz. full-flavored blue cheese, softened

¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 Tablespoons minced green onion

1 ½ Tablespoons water

4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

¼ cup Panko breadcrumbs

  1. Cut ½ inch of the stem end off of the onion and discard.  (The stem end is the pointy end of the onion.)  Do not peel the onion.  Wrap each onion individually in aluminum foil so that foil closes on cut end of the onion.  Place the onions on a baking sheet, cut surface up,  and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 2 hours or until the onions are very soft.
  2. Meanwhile, combine cream cheese, blue cheese, pepper, green onion, and water.  Reserve.
  3. Remove onions from oven and unwrap just to expose the cut surface of the onions.  Using a paring knife, cut down into the onion slightly without cutting through the skin.  Drizzle 1 teaspoon of balsamic vinegar into the top of the onion.  Top the cut surface of the onion with the cream cheese/blue cheese mixture.  You can push some of this mixture into the center of the onion.  Top with panko bread crumbs.
  4. Return the onions, foil tops open, to the oven and bake for 15 more minutes.  Remove and cool slightly before serving. 

The cheese melts into the onions for a flavorful dish that smells as good as it tastes. You can see more recipes like this at our partner Live Well's website at www.livewellnetwork.com .

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