Recipe Baked Onions with Speck Ham and Aromatic Herbs

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Onions are cheap and available in any season, easy to prepare and perfect as a side-dish as well as a second course. We have seasoned them with aromatic herbs and Italian Speck ham from South Tyrol.




Serves: 4 | Preparation time: 10 minutes | Cooking time: 20-25 minutes

  • White onions: 8
  • Garlic : 1 clove, peeled
  • Speck Ham: 50 g
  • Wild Fennel leaves: 1 sprig
  • Thyme, fresh: 1 sprig
  • Dried Oregano: a teaspoon
  • Sage: a couple of leaves
  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO): 2 tbsp
  • Pecorino, grated: about a tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper: to taste


Method

Preheat the oven to 160° Fan-Oven / Gas Mark 4 / 350 F.

Mince Speck ham finely. Chop finely garlic clove along with wild fennel and thyme, add dried oregano and a pinch of salt and black pepper.

Clean and peel the onions, cut a cross on top of each onion and place them in a saucepan full of salted boiling water for about 6/7 minutes.

Grease the bottom of a baking dish and place the onions. Top each onion with a generous amount of garlic and herbs mixture, grated Pecorino, diced Speck ham and a drizzle of with olive oil.

Bake for about 20 minutes to 160° Fan-Oven / Gas Mark 4 / 350 F.

For a crisp surface place your dish on the top tray.

Allow the onions to cool at room temperature before serving.
 

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I like the idea here and they look very pretty. How big are these onions? I'm pretty sure the average onion I get would not be cooked tender in the cooking times shown.
 

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I like the idea here and they look very pretty. How big are these onions? I'm pretty sure the average onion I get would not be cooked tender in the cooking times shown.

My distraction (as usual!), I should have specified the size of the onions. I used onions about 8-9 cm in size. Having blanched them in boiling water beforehand and preheated the oven, they cooked for about 20 minutes. But as always, every oven (and every onion) has its time...
 
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