Boiling onions are blanched, peeled and cooked through before covering them with a basic white sauce. A dash of hot pepper sauce livens up the sauce.
INGREDIENTS (for 8 servings):
- 2 pounds small white onions
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 cups half-and-half
- 1 pinch ground nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- 2 drops hot pepper sauce
Cut ends off onions and place in a large pot of water. Bring to boil; remove from water and cool slightly. Slip skins off and return onions to water. Simmer until tender.
In a saucepan, melt butter and gradually stir in flour until smooth. Cook over low heat for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
In a separate saucepan, scald half and half, gradually whisk into butter mixture. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper sauce; add onions and cook until thick and smooth.