Stuffed Onions with Chianti Sauce

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This is one of Tuscany's great dishes--onions baked in Chianti and stuffed with a heady mixture of sharp cheese, breadcrumbs, and plenty of garlic and herbs. Bagged Spanish onions work well because they're usually a uniform shape and weigh about 8 ounces each.
6 servings (serving size: 1 stuffed onion and about 1 tablespoon sauce)


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6 (8-ounce) yellow onions
Cooking spray
2 cups Chianti, divided
1/2 cup dry breadcrumbs
1/3 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1/4 cup (1 ounce) grated fresh pecorino Romano cheese
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary


Preheat oven to 400°.

Peel onions. Cut 1/2 inch off top of onions; discard tops. Place onions, cut sides down, in an 11 x 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Pour 1/2 cup wine over onions. Cover and bake at 400° for 30 minutes. Uncover; turn onions, and bake 20 minutes. Turn the onions again, and bake an additional 30 minutes or until tender. Cool onions slightly. Carefully remove pulp from onions, leaving a 1/2-inch-thick shell. Chop pulp to measure 3/4 cup. Combine pulp, breadcrumbs, and next 4 ingredients (breadcrumbs through pepper) in a medium bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, tossing to combine. Sprinkle 1/8 teaspoon salt over onion shells; stuff shells with breadcrumb mixture. Bake at 400° for 15 minutes or until tops are golden.

Combine remaining 1 1/2 cups wine, 1/8 teaspoon salt, sugar, and rosemary in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Cook 15 minutes or until reduced to 1/2 cup. Serve sauce over onions.

Created date

April 2004

Nutritional Information

Calories 168
Caloriesfromfat 12 %
Fat 2.2 g
Satfat 1 g
Monofat 0.7 g
Polyfat 0.3 g
Protein 6 g
Carbohydrate 33.3 g
Fiber 3.6 g
Cholesterol 5 mg
Iron 1.7 mg
Sodium 441 mg
Calcium 133 mg