French Onion Meatballs For The Weekend!

Here’s how we’re going to handle the weekend: by making french onion meatballs immediately! Hi. It’s me again. Back with another french onion recipe. I KNOW. I’m sorry? I realize I’ve tried to french onion the entire world this this year but I just can’t help it. I mean, this HAS to be the last […]

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Here’s how we’re going to handle the weekend: by making french onion meatballs immediately!

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

Hi. It’s me again. Back with another french onion recipe.

I KNOW.

I’m sorry? I realize I’ve tried to french onion the entire world this this year but I just can’t help it. I mean, this HAS to be the last recipe, right? There can be no more french onion-ing of any things in this house. 

Unless… never mind.

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

Just this year alone I’ve done french onion sweet potatoes and french onion lasagna roll ups and french onion soup. But I also have a french onion grilled cheese and french onion dip and french onion deviled eggs!

I think I have a french onion problem. But it’s a good problem to have? 

P.S. you can find me making these on instagram today!

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

So, as usual, anything french onion-ish is going to take a little bit of time because you have to caramelize those onions! It’s the key to all the flavor. Once that part is done though, these aren’t too difficult to make. 

And bonus, you can make the onions ahead of time. Heck, you can make the meatballs ahead of time!

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

Also! You can use ground turkey or chicken for this recipe. You could even use ground beef, but I find that turkey or chicken makes the meatballs taste best – they really allow the flavor to shine. 

After you decide on that, we deal with all the other additions. Basically whatever goes in that soup is going into our meatballs!

Gruyere! Parmesan! Thyme! Breadcrumbs!

Delicious things like that and of course, the onions too. 

Enter all the exclamation points.

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

It is nearly impossible to not eat these all out of the pan. You brown the meatballs, then throw a little stock into the pan and bake with some cheese. These practically melt in your mouth. They are divine.

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

Now what to serve these with!

Um, can we still be friends once I tell you that I placed mine on top of a piece of toasted sourdough? It was basically the best decision in quarantine (aside from this banana cake) and I essentially made a meatball MELT. Love it.

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

Another option is to serve these just like this, out of the skillet, with some roasted vegetables or your favorite side. They are SO good on their own. They have enough flavor and they are juicy enough too! 

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

Of course, you could throw them in with some pasta too, whether you do buttered noodles or marinara or whatever! Because the meatballs are so ridiculously flavorful, they don’t need much! They can carry an entire meal, trust me. 

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

HELLO.

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

Okay so now that I’ve convinced you to stand over the stove and caramelize onions AGAIN, dinner should be great this weekend! xo

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

French Onion Meatballs

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French Onion Meatballs

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 16 meatballs
Author How Sweet Eats

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey or chicken, I like 94%
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup finely grated gruyere cheese, plus extra for topping
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan
  • 1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil, for browning the meatballs
  • 1 ½ cups chicken or beef stock
  • 1 teaspoon flour

Instructions

  • Heat a large oven-safe skillet over medium-low heat and add the olive oil. Stir in the onions with a big pinch of salt. .Cook, stirring often, until the onions caramelize, about 30 to 40 minutes. Once the onions are golden and caramelly, transfer them to a plate. (Note: if you’re really in a rush, you can add 1 teaspoon of sugar, honey, maple syrup, etc to speed along the caramelization process. Be sure to stir often and check on the progress!)
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Take half of the cooled caramelized onions and chop them up a bit - just so they easily mix into the meatballs.
  • In a bowl, stir together the turkey, garlic, ½ cup gruyere, all the parmesan, the breadcrumbs, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper. Add in the chopped caramelized onions. Mix until the meatballs are just combined - do not over mix!
  • Use your hands to form the mixture into 1-inch meatballs. It helps if you wet your hands with water before rolling. It’s okay if the meatballs are not perfect rounds!
  • Heat the same skillet over medium heat and add a drizzle of olive oil. Add the meatballs in a single layer and brown them on all sides - let them cook for 1 to 2 minutes, before flipping.
  • Once the meatballs are completely browned, fill a shaker cup or water bottle with the stock and flour. Shake it for 30 seconds. Pour the mixture into the skillet with the meatballs. Add in the remaining caramelized onions. Top the meatballs with the remaining gruyere cheese.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until cooked through (you want the internal temp to read 165 degrees F). Serve immediately! I love serving these on sourdough bread, like a meatball melt!

These french onion meatballs are super delicious! All the flavors of french onion soup made into juicy meatballs. Cheesy, saucy goodness!

This is mind blowing comfort food!

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French Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Thyme Toasted Breadcrumbs

Kicking things off right with french onion sweet potatoes today! It feels like today is the official start to the new year, right? Even though most of us started working again last week, Max didn’t go back to school until today and the first Monday just FEELS like the start. At least for me! I […]

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Kicking things off right with french onion sweet potatoes today!

These french onion stuffed sweet potatoes are slow roasted and topped with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. Garlic butter bread crumbs finish them!

It feels like today is the official start to the new year, right? Even though most of us started working again last week, Max didn’t go back to school until today and the first Monday just FEELS like the start.

At least for me!

caramelized onions

I wanted to kick things off with a delicious comforting recipe that I knew would be a staple for years to come. This is it. French onion stuffed sweet potatoes are definitely in the rotation for us because they are crazy loaded with flavor.

We are talking, INSANELY (!) flavorful. 

I love that this is a way to enjoy all the taste of french onion soup without the soup part.

Warm, toasty, cheesy, comforting.

Eddie doesn’t love brothy soups and even I get weird about ordering french onion soup. Yes I live for caramelized onions but do I really want an entire spoonful of them? Not really. I mostly just want that toasted bread that’s smothered in gruyere. 

gruyere stuffed sweet potatoes

Two main components of this recipe – the potatoes and onions – will take over the 30 minutes that I normally like to spend in the kitchen on weeknights. But! Don’t let that deter you. First, both ingredients can be cooked while you do other things. Their cook time is mostly hands off, except for the occasional stir of the onions.

The other option is that you can roast your potatoes or caramelize your onions ahead of time. Especially roasting the potatoes – you can easily throw them in the oven on Sunday while you’re chilling on the couch or doing laundry. No big deal! 

The rest of the recipe comes together easily! A sprinkle of gruyere cheese. A toast of thyme butter breadcrumbs. A dollop of greek yogurt or sour cream. Some fresh chives on top. And you’re good to go!

thyme buttered bread crumbs

I LOVE this as a meal. Like love love love it. When I was a tween, I became freakishly obsessed with broccoli cheddar baked potatoes from Wendy’s. This was odd for two reasons: first, we never ate Wendy’s and second, you couldn’t get me near broccoli… like, ever.

But potatoes were my favorite food. And I’m pretty sure I saw a commercial or something and then begged my mom to drive my 13 year old self through the drive through frequently, just to get the broccoli cheddar potatoes.

Spoiler alert: I didn’t touch the broccoli. It was all about the potato and cheese.

These french onion stuffed sweet potatoes are slow roasted and topped with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. Garlic butter bread crumbs finish them!

That’s just a long rambly way of saying that I still love a good stuffed potato as a meal. It’s insanely filling and this in particular is ridiculously flavorful. 

These french onion stuffed sweet potatoes are slow roasted and topped with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. Garlic butter bread crumbs finish them!

Eddie prefers it as a side dish, so he’s eaten this before as a side dish to some pulled pork and then also some rotisserie chicken. If you use it as a side dish, the key is to make sure you don’t overpower the flavor with the main entree. Keep that simple so the french onion sweet potato really shines! 

And now you know the secret of making January delicious. You gotta try it!

These french onion stuffed sweet potatoes are slow roasted and topped with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. Garlic butter bread crumbs finish them!

French Onion Sweet Potatoes

French Onion Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

These french onion stuffed sweet potatoes are slow roasted and topped with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. Garlic butter bread crumbs finish them!

  • 4 medium sweet potatoes
  • 2 sweet onions, (thinly sliced)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly cracked pepper
  • ⅔ cup freshly grated gruyere cheese
  • 1 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 garlic clove, (minced)
  • ½ cup seasoned panko bread crumbs
  • ⅓ cup greek yogurt or sour cream, (to dollop)
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and pierce them a few times with a fork, all over. Roast the potatoes for 50 to 60 minutes, until they are soft enough to cut through.
  2. While the potatoes are roasting, caramelize the onions. Heat a large pot over low heat and add 1 tablespoon of butter and the olive oil. Add in the onions with a sprinkle of salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, untilt the onions are caramelized – about 50 to 60 minutes. Make sure they are over the lowest heat so they don’t burn. In time, they will caramelize themselves without any sugar! If you’re in a rush, you can add a few teaspoons of brown sugar or honey to help them along.
  3. Slice the potatoes down the center and sprinkle with the gruyere cheese. Add a sprinkling of the dried thyme. Stick the potatoes bake in the oven for 5 to 10 minutes, just so the cheese melts.

  4. While the cheese melts, heat a small skillet over medium heat and add the remaining tablespoon of butter. Add in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add in the rest of the thyme and bread crumbs and stir to coat, tossing for 5 to 6 minutes are they brown.

  5. Remove the potatoes and top with the caramelized onions. Sprinkle on the the bread crumbs. Add a dollop of yogurt or sour cream and a few fresh chives. Devour!

These french onion stuffed sweet potatoes are slow roasted and topped with gruyere cheese and caramelized onions. Garlic butter bread crumbs finish them!

This definitely makes Monday happier.

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