Last night my friend came over from London, and I wanted to make a special dinner, but one that was relatively easy to prepare so that while I was cooking and talking, it wouldn’t be a big deal if I missed an ingredient AND a meal that I wouldn’t have to stand over the stove to make. I wanted to make it, put it in the oven, and not think about it until it was done.
I love roasting things in my house, and we are starting to come into the months where I am not going to want to turn my oven on to cook. So I figured I’m going to get it out of my system.
I had a hunk of feta cheese that I was itching to use, and 4 nice size onions that I kept staring at…stuffed onions. Brilliant.
This is what you’ll need;
4 medium-large yellow onions
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground beef
1 hunk of feta cheese
1 large tomato, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 tea nigella seeds
1/4 tea dried oregano
1/4 tea cardamom
1/4 tea nutmeg
1 medium slice of bread, crumbled
Preheat your oven to 425 F
I peeled the outer skin off the onion and sliced the top and root off so the onion would sit flat. (Do this to each onion). Next use a melon baller to scoop out the inside of the onion until you have a nice hollow but still have at least 2 of the outer layers intact. Set the scooped onions aside.
Place 1 tbsp olive oil in a baking dish (I used a glass pie dish) and bake the onions for 20 minutes.
While these are baking, brown your meat. When meat is browned, remove. Add 1 tbsp olive oil to the heated pan and cook scooped onions (give these a little bit of a chop first) and garlic and saute for about 8-10 minutes. Add to browned meat with tomato, spices, bread and cheese.
Remove onions from oven, turn oven down to 350 F and Stuff each onion to capacity. Add remainder of the stuffing to the outside of the onions and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes.
I served with a spinach and cucumber salad.
This was my first time making this, and I believe this will be on constant rotation. My husband often responds when asked how the food tastes with “Good.” Last night, he was RAVING. I’m, amazed.