Whole roasted red onions with fresh curds

Photo by Simon Lambert.
Photo by Simon Lambert.

Alison Lambert
Alison Lambert

When onions are roasted they become sweet and juicy and I love the marriage of fragrant thyme, sweet balsamic and a smothering of fresh Evansdale curds.

Whole roasted red onions with fresh curds

Serves 4


4 medium to small red onions, skin on
8 sprigs fresh thyme
4 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
olive oil
sea salt flakes
freshly cracked black pepper
80g fresh curd cheese or mozzarella


Preheat the oven to 180degC.

Place the whole onion in a snug oven dish and drizzle with a little oil, balsamic vinegar, thyme leaves and season well.

Bake between 40 minutes to 1 hour or until the onions are tender.

Remove from the oven when done and peel away the crisp outer leaves of the onion and discard.

Now peel away the layers of the onion so it sort of resembles a flower, place the curds in the centre, spoon over the balsamic, oil juices and return to the oven to melt the cheese.

These are delicious served with a good piece of toast and a peppery rocket salad or alongside a steak.


•  Alison Lambert is one of the demonstrators at the Otago Farmers Market in Dunedin on Saturday mornings.

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