I had fun making these because onions are among the easiest vegetables to stuff. They’re also freezer-friendly, so you can prepare this pretty side dish in advance and rewarm it before the meal. The ground almonds in the recipe don’t only do a great job of binding the stuffing together: they also taste way better than bread crumbs. The end result is a dainty and flavorful little bite. For a prettier presentation, be sure to select round onions. —Victoria Dwek
- Cook & Prep: 1.5 h
- Serving: 8
Prepare the Onions
Cutting off as little as possible, remove the two ends of each onion; peel onions. Make a slit through one side of each onion to the center, so that each ring is sliced halfway through.
In a large saucepan, bring water to boil. Add onions and boil 15 minutes. Strain and let cool.
At this point, it should be easy to peel apart each onion layer. Separate onion layers. (You should get 24.)
Prepare the Stuffing
Heat oil in a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add onion and sweet potato; sauté, stirring occasionally, for 12 minutes.
Add zucchini and eggplant. Cover, lower heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are soft and cooked through, about 20–30 minutes.
Stir in seasoning and almonds. Remove from heat.
Stuff and Bake
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place a spoonful of stuffing into each onion layer. Roll up and seal each layer.
Place stuffed onions into a baking pan just large enough to hold them. Sprinkle with oil. Cover and bake 20 minutes. Uncover and bake additional 10 minutes.
To prepare this dish in advance, freeze the onions after stuffing (step 2). Let thaw and bake as instructed when ready to serve.