Stuffed Sweet Onions

A filling of savory ham and herbed bread crumbs makes the onions a decadent accompaniment to any meal.

[quicklook-recipe prep_time=”30 min” cook_time=”5  min” serves=”4″ details=”” ]

[ingredients-list title=”Ingredients” serving_size=””]

  • 3 quarts water
  • 4 medium sweet onions, peeled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 6 teaspoons butter, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped fully cooked lean ham


  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup soft bread crumbs, divided


[step-list-wrapper title=”How to make it” time=”35 minutes”]
[step-item number=”1″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a large saucepan, bring water to a boil. Add onions; cover and boil for 9-11 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool for 5 minutes. Cut a thin slice off the top of each onion; carefully hollow out, leaving a 1/2-in. shell. Chop removed onion.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”2″ image_url=”” title=”” ]In a nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, cook the chopped onion, green onion and parsley in 4 teaspoons butter for 3 minutes. Add the ham, salt, pepper, celery seed and garlic powder; cook until onions are tender and ham is lightly browned. Stir in 1/4 cup bread crumbs; heat through. Stuff into onion shells.[/step-item]

[step-item number=”3″ image_url=”” title=”” ]Melt remaining butter; toss with remaining bread crumbs. Sprinkle over stuffing. Broil 6 in. from the heat for 3-4 minutes or until crumbs are lightly browned and onions are heated through. [/step-item]


[nutrition-info calories=”158″ calories_fat=”” fat=”7g” sat_fat=”4g” choles=”26″ sodium=”597mg” carbs=”16g” sugars=”” protein=”8g” fiber=”3g”]

Diabetic exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1 lean meat, 1 fat


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