Naomi Judd’s Easy Onionelles Recipe: 4-Ingredient Appetizer Recipe Is Now a Family Tradition | Appetizers

Naomi Judd's Easy Onionelles Recipe: 4-Ingredient Appetizer Recipe Is Now a Family Tradition

The news of Naomi Judd’s passing due to suicide hit many hard, including myself. The Judds music has been a part of my life since they first hit the music scene. Naomi’s Home Companion cookbook is a part of my cookbook collection, so I knew it needed to be taken off the shelf and some recipes from it made.

This onionelles recipe is included in the “tradition” chapter of the cookbook. Being into
nutrition and health, Naomi wrote this as the introduction to this appetizer recipe: “The top 10 anti-aging veggies and fruits (in alphabetical order) are: avocado, berries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, citrus fruits, grapes, onions, spinach and tomatoes.”

These onionelles surprised me. With Parmesan, onion and bread (with mayo!), I knew it would be good. What I didn’t expect was for it to be
so good. The creaminess of the mayonnaise and Parmesan complement the crispy bread and soft, sweet onion perfectly. If I had started making this recipe when the book was first published in 1997, it would have been a family tradition at my house, too. Starting my tradition now, and will remember Naomi with each bite.

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Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 12 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or mayonnaise-style creamy salad dressing (regular, reduced fat or nonfat)
  • 4 slices good-quality wheat bread, crusts removed (I used sourdough)
  • 16 very thin slices Vidalia or other sweet onion (I used a Texas 1015)

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Preheat the broiler. In a small bowl, mix together the cheese and mayonnaise.

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  2. Spread evenly onto the bread slices. Cut each into four equal pieces.

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  3. Place an onion slice on each piece of bread.

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  4. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat until browned, about 2 minutes. Serve hot.

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