Creamed Onions

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Appears in
The Cooking of the USA

By Patricia Lousada

Published 1993

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Early American settlers found onions to be a native crop and used them to enhance many dishes. Creamed onions are as traditional as turkey at Thanksgiving dinner and a lovely vegetable to have at any time. Small pickling onions are just right for this dish. If you peel them in cold water you avoid stinging eyes.


  • 2 lb (900 g) small pickling onions, peeled
  • ½ pint (300


Place the peeled onions in a medium-size saucepan with the water and a good pinch of salt. Cover and simmer gently until the onions are tender when pierced with a knife but still retain their shape – about 20 minutes. Drain them and put aside.

In a small saucepan, heat the milk and the bay leaf to just below a simmer. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan and when it bubbles (do not allow