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Roast whole onions in oven skin and all for an 1808 recipe that’s still delicious today
I never thought I'd see the day where the onion sitting on my counter looked better than every other ingredient in the house. 🧅🤤
Ma Fatima Garcia
12.23.22

When you see an old cookbook, say from the early 1900s, you’d expect complicated recipes, right?

After all, in the olden days, people would really spend hours in the kitchen preparing a meal.

Unlike today, we’re more onto the easy-to-prepare recipes or those we can heat in the microwave.

This recipe redefines the word “easy”.

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Pexels / Jonathan Cooper

Imagine the shock of Jon Townsend when he came across a distinct recipe.

He found, maybe, the simplest recipe in the world, and he shared it on his YouTube account, Townsends.

It came from the prized cookbook, “The New System of Domestic Cookery” by Rundell.

It starts and ends with onions.

YouTube Screenshot / Townsends
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YouTube Screenshot / Townsends

The recipe name? “Roast Onions.”

Jon started reading the quick note about the recipe.

We’re not talking about a recipe because, according to him, there wasn’t one.

“Should be done with all their skins on. They eat well alone with salt only and cold butter or with roast potatoes and with beetroots.”

YouTube Screenshot / Townsends
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YouTube Screenshot / Townsends

That’s it.

That is exactly what he saw in the cookbook.

So, Jon basically tried to take the concept of roasted potatoes and started from there.

YouTube Screenshot / Townsends
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YouTube Screenshot / Townsends

You’ll need:

  • 2-3 medium-sized white onions
  • A tray
  • An oven
  • Salt and butter to taste
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YouTube Screenshot / Townsends

No peeling or cutting required.

To create this recipe, you don’t even have to peel or cut your onions. No kidding.

You just have to put it in the oven for about 30 – 40 minutes at 350°, much like what you will do with roasted potatoes.

After that, let your onions cool a bit and place one on a plate or in a bowl.

Remove the skin and sprinkle some salt and butter.

YouTube Screenshot / Townsends
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YouTube Screenshot / Townsends

That’s it. You’re done.

Jon didn’t serve his onion with beetroot or roasted potatoes, he just added a pinch of salt and decided to taste it as it is.

He was blown away by flavor.

YouTube Screenshot / Townsends
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YouTube Screenshot / Townsends

It was the most simple recipe from a very old and detailed cookbook.

It was done so easily, but the taste was amazing.

You’ll surely come back to the sweetness of the hot roasted onions and yes, they would be perfect as a side dish as well.

This recipe is perfect if you have plenty of onions and you love them.

Don’t love onions? You will.

YouTube Screenshot / Townsends
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YouTube Screenshot / Townsends

Aside from their delicious taste and sweet aroma, onions are also packed with health benefits.

Onions are packed with Vitamin C, folate, and B vitamins, and are even a good source of Potassium.

If that’s not enough, eating onions may help you have a healthier heart.

You see, onions are rich in antioxidants and will decrease cholesterol levels.

Onions do more than we think.

YouTube Screenshot / Townsends
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YouTube Screenshot / Townsends

Also, in recent studies, onions from the Allium family, are linked to fewer risks of certain cancers.

Aside from these health benefits, onions are cheap, delicious, and could complement almost all the food we love.

Some people, over time, had tried different seasonings, a drizzle of olive oil, and a dash of herbs, and that’s okay too.

The tutorial below is worth keeping.

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Pexels / Arina Krasnikova

However, it’s still different when you try the simple recipe from the 1900s, right?

See just how beautiful these roasted onions turn out in John’s video below!

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By Ma Fatima Garcia
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Ma Fatima Garcia is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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