Posted 13 June 2009 - 11:44 AM
Not my recipe but I like it. You can use fresh onions if you want to go through the trouble. I don't so I just use frozen.Two bags frozen white pearl onions cooked according to package directions.3 tablespoons unsalted butter1 tablespoon all-purpose flour1 cup heavy cream or half-and-half1/4 teaspoon black pepper1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (Or just plain old nutmeg out of the jar)1/4 teaspoon salt1/2 cup coarse fresh white bread crumbs. Panko is good. Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a 1- to 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderately low heat, then add flour and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add cream in a stream, whisking, and bring to a simmer, whisking. Simmer sauce, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Stir in pepper, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon salt and pour sauce over onions.Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over moderately low heat, then add bread crumbs and cook, stirring, until golden, 3 to 5 minutes.Sprinkle toasted crumbs evenly over onions and bake until sauce is bubbling, about 30 minutes.