Feta stuffed roasty onions

Feta stuffed roasty onions

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Cooking time

Prep: 1 hr - 1 hr, 30 mins Cook: 25 mins

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Serves 2

These stuffed onions make an excellent vegetarian main course

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  • Easily doubled
  • Vegetarian
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  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 tbsp olive oil (or oil from the tomatoes) plus extra for drizzling
  • 200g block of feta cheese, crumbled
  • 50g white or brown breadcrumbs
  • 1 red chilli, seeded and finely chopped
  • 6 pieces of sundried tomatoes in olive oil, drained and chopped
  • a large pinch of chopped fresh thyme leaves, plus extra sprigs
  • 2 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 50g/2oz walnut pieces, chopped
  • 1 medium egg, beaten

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  1. Preheat the oven to 190C/gas 5/fan 170C. Peel the onions leaving them whole, removing the first layer of onion as you peel. Cut them in half across the middle and remove several layers from the centre of each using a teaspoon. Fill any holes with a small slice of onion taken from the centre layers. Arrange onion halves, cut side up in a small ovenproof dish. Pour a splash of water into the dish and brush the onions with some of the oil. Cover the dish tightly with foil and bake for 45-50 minutes until they are tender.
  2. Meanwhile, finely chop the inner layers. Heat the remaining oil in a medium sized saucepan and fry the chopped onion, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes until soft and beginning to brown, leave to cool.
  3. Mix the cooled chopped onions in a bowl with half the feta, the breadcrumbs, chilli, sun-dried tomatoes, chopped thyme and parsley,walnuts, beaten egg and some salt and freshly ground black pepper. Stir well until everything's combined.
  4. Increase the oven to 200C/gas 6/fan 180C. Divide the feta stuffing between the onions, then scatter over the remaining cheese and sprinkle over a few thyme sprigs. Drizzle over a little oil from the tomato jar and cook for 25 minutes until the stuffing is bubbling and the feta is golden brown.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2003

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Steve74's picture

Delicious and very filling. I left out the chilli and replaced with crushed garlic. Would cook this again.

nigelsheppa1@aol.com's picture

iv just come across this recipe ,im the only one in our house who eats onions baked or otherwise so instead of useing the stuffing mix suggested i made a sage and onion mix added some garlic and the centers of the onion ,then put some olive oil over the onions and sprinkled some cumin and mustard seeds over them put the stuffing into the onions and bake in an oven proof dish coverd with foil for 20 mins for the last 10 mins of cooking remove the foil then enjoy thay are delicious.

cassie10's picture

We loved this recipe and my husband didn't complain about the lack of meat once. I used rosemary instead of thyme which worked really well

looney's picture

We love this recipe! We've never actually used it as a main but with small onions it makes a great starter. It also makes for great buffet food (made with the really little onions like the ones you get in the value bags at the supermarket). They're great to pick up when cold and gobbled in one. A little time consuming to prepare this way but worth the effort. Guests always love them. Using good Feta is a must! We usually have some of the stuffing left over too so save it to stuff chicken breasts with. I have even just made the stuffing mix on its own to fill chicken. It's awesome!

juliegthomas's picture
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Try this excellent filling in large flat mushrooms instead. I think you will love it. Add some chopped onion to the stuffing as well.

nooner's picture

we tried this with friends the other day, big favourite :)

saqer78's picture
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Very heavy on the stomach :(

jesst-b's picture

excellent really tasty veggie meal

elsbeth's picture
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These are delish! Served them as a side dish at last year's Christmas dinner, with lamb, grilled lemon courgettes and roast potatoes... Fab recipe! But be sure to use good quality feta, the stuff that really crumbles when you try to cut it.