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Creamed Onions


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  • 4 cups frozen pearl onions
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • Pinch nutmeg


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Step 1

1. Bring onions, broth, sherry, thyme, and bay leaf to boil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer until liquid evaporates, 12 to 15 minutes.
2. Whisk cornstarch and 1 tablespoon milk together in small bowl until combined. Stir cream, remaining milk, cornstarch mixture, 1 teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon pepper into onions and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened and onions are tender when pierced with tip of paring knife, 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Off heat, stir in 2 tablespoons chives, lemon juice, and nutmeg. Remove bay leaf. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to serving bowl. Sprinkle with remaining 2 tablespoons chives. Serve.


COOK IN BROTH FROM FROZEN: Cooking frozen pearl onions in seasoned chicken broth both thaws and flavors the onions, greatly improving their taste.

FINISH WITH DAIRY: We skip the gloppy white sauce and finish the onions in a combination of milk and cream (plus a little cornstarch to prevent breaking).

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