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Creamed Onions on a white plate

Creamed Onions

These Creamed Onions are a traditional side dish that is popular during the holidays. Pearl Onions are cooked until tender in a creamy white sauce for a classic, elegant dish that is perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas or any special occasion. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword creamed, Holiday Recipes, onions, Side Dish
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Chilling Time 12 hours
Servings 6 servings


  • 4 cups pearl onions
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¾ cup chicken broth
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley finely chopped
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Place the onions in a large pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and cook until tender, around 6 to 7 minutes. Remove the onions from the water and allow to cool. Peel the onions and set them aside.
    Cooking Creamed Onions in a large pot
  2. In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium low heat. Add the flour and stir to mix.
    Cook butter and flour on stove top
  3. Pour in the chicken broth and heavy cream and simmer, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened, around two minutes.
    Add chicken broth and heavy cream
  4. Remove the pan from heat and stir in the parsley and parmesan cheese.
    stir in parsley and parmesan cheese
  5. Add the onions and stir to coat.
    Add onions into cream sauce
  6. Transfer the onion mixture to a baking dish and cover with plastic wrap. Store in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. When ready to cook, remove the pan from the refrigerator and allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the onions covered for 15 minutes, then remove the cover and cook an additional 10 minutes, until the sauce is bubbly.
    Bake Creamed onions in oven.