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Creamed Pearl Onions

When our children were small, we always celebrated Christmas at our house. This was one of many recipes I relied on that could be prepared a day in advance, which gave me more time to spend with guests. Everyone expected to see this vegetable dish on the table every year. —Barbara Caserman, Lake Havasu City, Arizona
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + chilling Bake: 25 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 4 cups pearl onions
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • 3/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • Pimiento strips, optional


  • In a Dutch oven or large kettle, bring 8 cups water to a boil. Add pearl onions; boil until tender, 6-7 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water; peel and set aside.
  • In a saucepan, melt butter. Stir in the flour, salt and pepper until smooth. Gradually stir in broth and cream. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the parsley, cheese and onions.
  • Pour into an ungreased 1-1/2-qt. baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Remove from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Cover and bake at 350° for 15 minutes; stir. Top with pimientos if desired. Bake, uncovered, 10 minutes longer or until bubbly and heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 151 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 440mg sodium, 12g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Naomie
    Nov 21, 2019

    Yes Amy you can use frozen pearl onions. Just defrost them first. Set in a collander in the sink. I tested this recipe 2 weeks ago, turned out beautifully. After they sat for a bit, they became a little "thick" so I just popped back on the stove for a quick minute and dribbled in some extra chicken broth. My girlfriend had the same issue, and she used a couple tablespoons of white wine. Will be on our Thanksgiving table next week. I also added a bit more than a teaspoon of fresh minced thyme, purely a personal preference.

  • Amy
    Nov 20, 2019

    Can you use frozen onions instead?

  • katecrid47
    Jan 6, 2015

    This was great! I grew up having pearled onions at Christmas. My Mom passed away this year and I was bound and determined to make these. Thanks for sharing the recipe it was awesome and brought a lot of great memories back!

  • cookinama
    Nov 27, 2013

    My daughter requested creamed pearl onions so I tried this recipe for Thanksgiving. Made them tonight and gave them a taste Wow. Very good I must say they are a little better than my grandmothers they will become a tradition!

  • RHergenroeder
    Jan 1, 2013

    I made this side for Thanksgiving. Easy to make and VERY good.

  • evansmom76
    Nov 22, 2012

    Best creamed onions I've made. Thank you!

  • marybrehm
    Dec 26, 2011

    My husband has been asking for Creamed Pearl Onions "like his grandmother used to make". This recipe is a hit! He said it's what he remembered from years ago. Thanks for sharing.

  • redpoodlesrus
    Jan 6, 2011

    I used heavy whipping cream instead and no butter. Also replaced the all-purpose flour with 100% gluten free Oat flour. I did not put in the salt because the parmesan cheese already added enough salt. Great by it self or over a baked potato or boneless skinless chicken breast. Yummy!!!

  • maineduane
    Nov 23, 2009

    Excellent!!!! Just a perfect recipe... would not change a thing. I did not use the optional pimento.