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RECIPE: Spinach & Brie Stuffed Onions

I learned this recipe at a cooking class YEARsssssssss ago, I no longer use the same recipe but made a version of my own.  I wish I knew the chef who I originally learned the base of the recipe from, but I literally took the class 15 years ago and no amount of trying to remember that name is going to make it come back to me.  I can barely remember what I did yesterday.  Anyhow, sometimes on instagram stories, I share what I am making for dinner and when I first shared the stuffed onion when making it one night, I got so many questions about it. I decided to write down a formal recipe here for you versus my taste as I go along recipes that I share on stories. I also took some real photos of the onion instead of my instagram-better-take-the-picture-before-Nick-eats-it photos.

Ingredients-
2 Large White Onions
2 cloves of minced garlic
1 packed cups of chopped Spinach
6 ounces of Brie cheese in pieces
Shredded Parmesan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Peel the onions and cut off bottom of stem so the onion can lay flat.  Add the onions to an oven safe dish, spray with olive oil and add a pinch of salt and pepper.  Bake for about 45 minutes until onions are soft.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Once onions are cool to touch, take out the middle of the onion, leaving a hole for the stuffing.  Dice the cooked onions and put aside to add to the stuffing.

Stuffing- heat oven to medium and spray pan with olive oil.  Add minced garlic and cook for a minute until softened. Add brie pieces and as it melts add the chopped spinach and cooked onion pieces.  Stir the whole time so the cheese does not clump.  

After the stuffing is all melted add the stuffing to the middle of onion with a spoon.  Sprinkle parmesan on top of stuffed onion and return to oven. Heat til parmesan is melted a bit, just a minute or two.  Conversely you can broil it and wait til it browns (also quick minute) but I like the parmesan a bit melty versus crisp. (for plating I added fresh parmesan around, but it is not necessary for the dish)

So, I know a bunch of cheese isn’t the healthiest thing in world (but it is delicious) but when do we eat a whole onion? Never! Onions have vitamin C, vitamin B6, folate (B9) and potassium and let’s not forget the spinach packed in there!  The dish is keto friendly and low carb, it fits into any of those lifestyle diets easily. We personally follow a low carb lifestyle so it works for us.

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