Creamed Onions

Creamed Pearl Onions is such a classic holiday dish and I always think it’s pretty interesting that in America many of us only eat cooked onions as a dish on their own but once or maybe twice a year. They are so delicious, and just perfect with roast turkeys, standing rib roasts, legs of lamb, and all of that kind of festive fare.   But they would also be delicious with Greek Roasted Chicken Thighs or Loin Lamb Chops with Roasted Tomato and Garlic Sauce for a not-necessarily-a-holiday dinner.

Creamed Pearl Onions

You could add 2 or three cups of frozen or shelled peas after the onions have become mostly tender. Peas will only take a few minutes to cook through, so make sure to add them only when the onions have softened or you will end up with some mushy peas.

Make Ahead Creamed Pearl Onions

I think if you wanted to make these a day or two ahead of time the best way to reheat them would be in a covered baking dish in a 350° oven. If you think of it, let the onions in their sauce come to room temperature before reheating them, and take off the lid and give them a stir every 5 minutes or so. They should be hot in about 10 minutes.

Creamed Pearl Onions

Creamed Pearl Onions: This classic side dish belongs on any holiday table. It is easy to make and pairs perfectly with turkey, rib roasts, leg of lamb, and more.

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A Bit of Parmesan in Pearl Onions

The Parmesan is not so traditional, but as with so many dishes, adding a bit of grated cheese—especially a hard, salty, nutty cheese like Parmesan—lifts up the flavor at the end, and provides a richness and a savoriness that doesn’t necessarily come across as cheesy, but just as a little more flavor. It also thickens the sauce a bit—this is a pretty thin sauce, but it’s also very simple and really lets the flavor of the fresh onions come on through.

Creamed Pearl Onions

What to Serve with Creamed Pearl Onions:

Creamed Pearl Onions

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Creamed Pearl Onions

This belongs on any holiday table, and then some.
Yield: 10 People
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Diet: Gluten Free


  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup less-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds pearl onions peeled (see this easy peeling method!)
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese optional
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley


  • In a medium saucepan combine the cream, broth, bay leaf, and salt and pepper. Add the onions and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Lower the heat to maintain a simmer and cook for about 20 to 25 minutes, until the onions are tender and the liquid has thickened somewhat into a sauce. Remove the bay leaf, stir in the Parmesan (if using) and parsley, and turn into a serving bowl. Serve hot.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 102.73kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.08g | Protein: 1.81g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4.32g | Cholesterol: 25.34mg | Sodium: 49.36mg | Potassium: 150.27mg | Fiber: 1.57g | Sugar: 3.89g | Vitamin A: 338.44IU | Vitamin C: 7.88mg | Calcium: 44.66mg | Iron: 0.24mg

The nutrition values are provided as an estimate. It is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare professional.

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