French Onion Rice Bake

French Onion Rice Bake

While the flavours harken to a traditional French onion soup, this one pot bake is much more; it can serve as a side or a satisfying vegetarian main. This cheesy delish dish can also be made gluten-free.

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Ingredients
  • 7 cups (1.75 L) sliced Spanish onions (about 6 medium)
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¼ tsp (1 mL) each salt and pepper
  • 1 ½ cups (375 mL) U.S. long grain brown rice
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) chopped thyme
  • ½ cup (125 mL) cooking sherry
  • 3 cups (750 mL) beef broth*
  • 2 cups (500 mL) shredded Emmental (Swiss) cheese
  •  Coarsely chopped parsley to garnish
Directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. In a large, ovenproof skillet, cook onions with butter, garlic, bay leaves and salt and pepper over medium heat until golden brown and caramelized. Stir in rice and thyme; deglaze pan with sherry and cook for 1 minute. Stir in broth and bring to a simmer; cover tightly with foil.
  3. Bake in oven for 50-60 minutes, until rice is cooked. Uncover and sprinkle evenly with cheese; return to oven and broil for 2 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
  4. Garnish with chopped parsley to serve.