But, the onions are so good. And, now that Trader Joe's sells handy bags of pearl onions that have already boiled and peeled, they're easily made without cursing! Here's the original recipe from my mom using fresh pearl onions, which you could just replace with the thawed frozen variety:
- The onions: Put two 10 oz packages of whole fresh pearl onions into boiling water for about a minute or two. Onions should be somewhat firm but not crisp when you pierce them. Drain and cut off both ends which takes the outer layer too.
- Make a thick cream sauce. Melt in a small heavy saucepan 2 tablespoons butter, Stir in 2 tablespoons of flour, blend well over a low heat, stir in 3/4 cup milk and bring slowly to a boil while stirring. Add 3/4 cup of grated sharp cheddar cheese and melt into the sauce. Add a dash of cayenne to taste. If you are using a lot of onions, obviously double or triple your sauce.
- Pour the cheese sauce over the onions and bake for about 30 minutes or more depending on how soft you want the onions.