Sweet and Sour Baked Onions

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Appears in

The Times Calendar Cookbook

By Katie Stewart

Published 1977

  • About

Unusual as they sound, these onions make an excellent accompaniment to grilled or fried foods. They have a clean, sweet-sharp flavour and make a pleasant change from fried onions.


  • 6 medium-sized onions
  • salt and freshly milled pepper
  • 50 g/2 oz soft brown sugar
  • 3 dl/½ pint stock (use water and stock cube)
  • 1 level tablespoon cornflour
  • 1 tablespoon wine vinegar


    Peel the onions leaving them whole. Place in a saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to the boil. Simmer for 10 minutes then drain. Place in a casserole, season with salt and pepper and sprinkle over the sugar. Add the stock. Cover with a lid, place in a moderate oven (180°C., 350°F., Gas Mark 4) and bake for 25–30 minutes or until tender.

    Remove the onions from the casserole and place in a hot serving dish. Pour the juices into a saucepan. Blend the cornflour with the vinegar, dilute with a little of the hot juice, then stir into the saucepan. Bring to the boil, stirring all the time until thickened and clear. Check the flavour and pour over the onions. Serve with grilled pork or lamb chops or with steak