Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends! Assuming you’re like me and prefer to skip the restaurant in favor of a fun date night at home with the one you love, here area few menu ideas to make sure your dinner is delicious. It’s too cold to leave the house, anyway – better to stay in where it’s warm and cozy.
But, wait…something is missing. Something to snack on while you patiently stir the rice. These onions. Roasted with butter, olive oil and thyme, they become almost jam-like. Spread them atop a crusty baguette, drizzle with a touch more olive oil and a dusting of freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Cupid has arrived.
Whole Roasted Onions
Adapted from Joy the Baker
6 small red onions
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, thinly sliced
Coarse sea salt
Fresh cracked black pepper
Fresh thyme sprigs
Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Cut the tops off of each onion, but leave most of the skins on the onion.
Arrange the onions in a square, rectangular or oval baking dish (whichever fits best).
Drizzle the olive oil over the onions. Place a thin pat of butter on each onion (I used a small heart cookie cutter for festive purposes).
Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper and top with a rosemary sprigs.
Bake for 25 minutes until bubbling and tender.
Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes until the onions are completely tender and the tops are browned.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.
Remove the skins, slice and enjoy warm with a crusty baguette.