Linda's Holiday Onions in Creamed Garlic Cheese Sauce

Prep Time
Cook Time
Ready In

"I created this recipe for Thanksgiving Dinner a few years ago, and it is now a staple on my holiday table. It is a great addition to any traditional meal. Try it, you won't be sorry you did :)"

Original recipe yields 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (667.7 g)
  • Calories 572.9
  • Total Fat - 34.1 g
  • Saturated Fat - 20.7 g
  • Cholesterol - 95.3 mg
  • Sodium - 809.5 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 54.1 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 10.4 g
  • Sugars - 29.8 g
  • Protein - 14.9 g
  • Calcium - 499.5 mg
  • Iron - 3.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 8.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.3 mg

Step 1

Slice or dice the butter into small pieces, and melt it over low heat in a NON-aluminum saucepan. It's important to avoid aluminum, because it tends to turn light-colored sauces an unappetizing gray hue. When butter has begun to foam and bubble, vigorously mix in the flour with a wooden spoon or wire whisk. If you want your final sauce to be white, make absolutely sure not to let the roux turn brown. If it does begin to get tinged with beige, turn down the burner, or remove the pot from the heat altogether, to let the roux cool down for a few seconds.

Step 2

Let cook and bubble 2-3 minutes, until the roux is smooth, and has the consistency of cake frosting. This removes the floury taste.

Step 3

When making roux-based sauce, always be sure that the roux and the liquid (milk or stock) are different temperatures before you combine them. If the roux is hot, the liquid should be cold; If the roux is cold. the liquid should be hot. Combining the 2 ingredients at different temperatures allows them to heat up at a moderate rate, not too fast and not too slow, ensuring a velvety-smooth; lump-free sauce.

Step 4

If your not yet a sauce expert, try the hot liquid/cold roux approach first. That way, you can gradually add roux until the sauce is the exact thickness you like.

Step 5

Gradually stir in milk, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat. Let simmer 3-5 minutes, or until thickened. Keep warm.

Step 6

Cook onions in boiling water, until fork inserted in center goes in easily, about 15-20 minutes. You don't want the onions to be mushy. Strain onions and put into a serving dish.

Step 7

Pour sauce over onions. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and serve.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



We especially loved our onions prepared this way. We will never have boiled onions again. There was so much more flavor in these onions. They will be made again for Christmas!

review by:
(29 Nov 2013)


Fantastic recipe, I plan on repeating it again for our Christmas dinner and I'm positive it will be enjoyed, thanks LindasbusyKitchen!

review by:
(4 Nov 2013)


I made this using frozen pearl onions and added a bit of fresh rosemary and this was divine. Made for the Billboard Recipe Tag Game.

review by:
(26 Nov 2012)