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French Onion Bread

French onion bread is an indulgent pull apart bread that will be the hit of any party. This cheesy French onion bread is a perfect Super Bowl appetizer. This stuffed bread also makes a scrumptious holiday appetizer. Make it whenever you entertain or just want to treat yourself. 

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French Onion Bread

This bread. OMG.

This bread is what I would have as an appetizer for my last meal. It’s everything I want in life. Carbs. Cheese. Rich, savory, slightly sweet French onions. This bread is life.

Sometimes when I cook, I get these ideas. I just start to think about cheese or caramelized onions and thoughts swirl around in my head until a picture of some insane dish takes shape. Then I test it out for my friends. If they love it, I know I have a winner.

I made this French onion bread for a New Year’s party with a bunch of foodies. The bread was a hit! Everyone loved it and polished off the bread well before the ball dropped. Friends said I needed to make it again for Super Bowl. And so I will. And you should too!

The Best Ever Pull Apart Bread Recipe

A loaf of pull apart French onion bread on white with herbs

French Onion Bread

You need to make this amazing pull apart bread recipe because it is hands down one of the best recipes I have ever made or eaten in my entire life. The French onions are buttery, rich and totally melt into the bread. Layers of cheese cover this whole kitten caboodle.

It is the very definition of indulgence and worth the time it takes to prepare.

Ingredients to Make French Onion Bread

a loaf of bread on a cutting board

You’ll need a good sturdy loaf of bread like this boule to stuff with the hearty filling

To make this French onion bread you’ll need:

  • Onions. Sweet or yellow onions work better in this white onions, but use whatever you like. You’ll need 3 pounds of onions and you’ll want to slice them.
  • Butter. A lot of butter. Unsalted butter is best for this recipe so you can control the salt content.
  • Sugar. A bit of white granulated sugar will help the onions caramelize beautifully.
  • Spices. Just a bit of thyme and sage to give the onions more depth of flavor.
  • Garlic. Honestly, it’s a given. I like using fresh garlic, but dried would be ok if you must.
  • Sherry. Don’t want to use sherry? White wine would work as well.
  • A sturdy loaf of bakery bread. You don’t want a soft loaf of Italian but something with some crust and body like sourdough.
  • Cheese. I like a mix of Italian cheeses- shredded mozzarella and Parmesan with slices of Provolone. Swiss and Gruyere would also work well.

How to Caramelize Onions

Cheesy pull apart bread on white

French onion pull apart bread

The first part of making this French onion bread is caramelizing the onions. Caramelizing onions isn’t difficult but it does take some time, sort of like making risotto. You can’t really shortcut it but it’s worth it for the yummy onion goodness.

A large skillet full of sliced onions and herbs

A skillet full of 3 pounds of sliced sweet onions, garlic, and herbs. It seems like a lot of onions but they will cook down.

To caramelize onions, thinly slice either yellow or sweet onions. Then melt some butter in a cast iron skillet over medium low heat. Add the onions to the pan. Season them with the dried spices and salt and pepper. Pour on sherry and sugar.

And now we wait.

A white softened onion slice on a spatula in front of a skillet of caramelized onions

While the onions here are softened, see how the onion on the spatula is white and still sturdy looking? You want to keep cooking them until they are even softer and there are no white onions left.

And stir.

Then wait.

And stir.

In all seriousness, the onions need to cook low and slow for about an hour. For the first half an hour, you want to stir them occasionally. For the second half an hour, you’re going to need to stir them pretty frequently so they don’t burn.

A spoonful of caramelized onions over a cast iron skillet full of caramelized onions on white

Perfectly caramelized onions. They are very soft and there are no white onions left.

As the onions cook, they will turn a beautiful golden brown color. Let them go until the onions are totally golden brown and very soft. They shouldn’t have any white on them at all. For a detailed step by step on how to make caramelized onions check out my post here.

Making the French Onion Bread

French onion pull apart bread on a cutting board on white

French Onion Bread

Now that you’ve got the onions ready to go, it’s time to make the bread. To make this deliciously cheesy French onion bread:

  1. Cut a checkerboard pattern into your bread as shown. Don’t cut all the way through the loaf but about 3/4 of the way through so that all the bread cubes are still attached to the loaf of bread on the bottom.

    A boule of bread with a grid cut into it to make pull apart bread

    The grid you want to cut into the bread.

  2. Spoon melted butter into the bread cubes. Just some added richness.
  3. Stuff the caramelized onions into the bread cubes. Scoop them in with a spoon and use your fingers to push the onions to the bottom of the cubes.

    Caramelized onions stuffed into pull apart bread on a white cutting board

    Stuff the onions into the bread

  4. Top with shredded cheese. Push the cheese gently into the bread cubes on top of the caramelized onions.

    Shredded cheese on pull apart bread

    Add the cheese and gently push it into the cracks

  5. Bake.  Bake the bread at 400 until the cheese gets nice and melted.
French onion bread on white with onions and herbs

French onion bread

Then serve hot and enjoy!

Other French Onion Recipes You Might Love

French onion bread

French onion bread

I love French onion everything. If it has deliciously sweet and savory caramelized onions in it, I will eat it. These are some of my other favorite French onion recipes:

Make this cheesy stuffed French onion bread for your next party and see why it’s one of my favorite things ever or try another one of these delicious French onion appetizers. Did you make this? Leave me a comment below or find me on Instagram @Seasonedsprinkles or on Facebook and let me know what you think!

 

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A woman's hand pulling a square of bread from a loaf of French onion pull apart bread. Cheese pull.

French Onion Bread


  • Author: jfletcher
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 70 minutes
  • Total Time: 80 minutes
  • Yield: 1 stuffed loaf of bread 1x

Description

French onion bread is an indulgent pull apart bread that will be the hit of any party. This cheesy French onion bread is a perfect Super Bowl appetizer. This stuffed bread also makes a scrumptious holiday appetizer. Make it whenever you entertain or just want to treat yourself. 


Ingredients

Scale

For the onions

  • 1/2 cup of unsalted butter
  • 3 pounds of sweet or yellow onions, sliced
  • 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup of white wine or sherry*
  • 6 cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp dried sage
  • 1 tsp of dried thyme

To assemble the bread

  • 1 large sturdy loaf of bakery bread
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1.5 cup Italian blend shredded cheese

Instructions

For the onions

Thinly slice the onions. Add the butter to a cast iron skillet. Melt the butter over medium low to medium heat. Pour the onions in. Add the sugar, white wine or sherry, garlic, salt, pepper and spice. Cook over medium heat stirring every few minutes for the first half hour. During the next half hour, stir very frequently, almost constantly, until the onions are soft and deep golden with no white left. This will take about another half an hour.

When the onions are caramelized, remove them from the heat and let them cool enough to work with.

To assemble the bread

Preheat the oven to 400.

Cut a sturdy loaf of bakery bread like sourdough in a grid pattern as shown. Don’t cut all the way through the bread but leave each end attached to the bottom crust of the bread.

Once you’ve cut the pattern into the bread, spoon butter into the crevices. Then stuff the onions into all the crevices, using a spoon to gently push it down as much as you can. Next gently stuff shredded cheese into the crevices.

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted.

  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: oven
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: French onion bread, French onion pull apart bread, cheesy pull apart bread

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