Serves 6


  • 6 brown onions, peeled and halved
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup (250ml) single (pouring) cream
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup (50g) finely grated smoked mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup (60g) finely grated Gruyère

Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F). Place the onions, cut-side up, in a greased baking dish. Drizzle with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours. Uncover and bake for a further 15 minutes or until just starting to brown. Combine the cream, thyme, mustard and cheeses and spoon over the onions. Bake for a further 15–20 minutes or until the onions are golden.

From The New Easy, by Donna Hay. HarperCollins, 2015.