Family Tradition Onionelles Recipe: A Tasty 4-Ingredient Appetizer From Naomi Judd by Donna John

Family Tradition Onionelles Recipe: A Tasty 4-Ingredient Appetizer From Naomi Judd

The news of Naomi Judd's passing due to suicide hit many hard, including myself. The Judds music has been a part of my life since they first hit the music scene. Naomi's Home Companion cookbook is a part of my cookbook collection, so I knew it needed to be taken off the shelf and some recipes from it made.

This onionelles recipe is included in the "tradition" chapter of the cookbook. Being into nutrition and healthNaomi wrote this as the introduction to this appetizer recipe: "The top 10 anti-aging veggies and fruits (in alphabetical order) are: avocado, berries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, citrus fruits, grapes, onions, spinach and tomatoes."

These onionelles surprised me. With Parmesan, onion and bread (with mayo!), I knew it would be good. What I didn't expect was for it to be so good. The creaminess of the mayonnaise and Parmesan complement the crispy bread and soft, sweet onion perfectly. If I had started making this recipe when the book was first published in 1997, it would have been a family tradition at my house, too. Starting my tradition now, and will remember Naomi with each bite.

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Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or mayonnaise-style creamy salad dressing (regular, reduced fat or nonfat)
  • 4 slices good-quality wheat bread, crusts removed (I used sourdough)
  • 16 very thin slices Vidalia or other sweet onion (I used a Texas 1015)

Here's how to make it:

  1. Preheat the broiler. In a small bowl, mix together the cheese and mayonnaise.
  2. Spread evenly onto the bread slices. Cut each into four equal pieces.
  3. Place an onion slice on each piece of bread.
  4. Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat until browned, about 2 minutes. Serve hot.

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Elisa Schmitz
I watched Ashley Judd talk about her mother's suicide last night, and my heart just broke. Such a horrible tragedy and devastating loss. Thank you for sharing something positive about Naomi Judd, and helping to shine a light on depression and suicide, Donna John . It's also nice to know we can remember Naomi's spirit through her recipes, thanks. Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead Melissa Vickers
Donna John
I saw that, too. So sad. Prayers to the family, and to everybody struggling with mental illness.
Thank you for calling out the suicide hotline, so many people are struggling, RIP Naomi...
John Deffes
Hi Miss Donna! Just wanted you to know I've used many of your recipes and they're always delicious! Last night I made the Ceasar dressing and parmesan chicken. Yummy! I put panko crumbs on top just before the broil! Perfect! Thanks!
Donna John
Well, hello! I am flattered and so happy that you enjoy my recipes! More to come! :-)

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