Upside-Down Onion Bread Recipe
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Upside-Down Onion Bread Recipe

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This rich, savory bread is loaded with cheddar cheese, chopped sweet onion and crumbled bacon. The thick wedges are delicious served alongside your entree...or even used for sandwiches.—Mary Leverette, Columbia, South Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min.
MAKES:10 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 30 min.
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 large sweet onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup cold butter
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup crumbled cooked bacon

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 492 calories, 36g fat (22g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 785mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 11g protein.


  1. In a large skillet over low heat, cook onion in oil and butter for 50 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a greased 9-in. deep-dish pie plate; sprinkle with thyme.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, salt and pepper. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in cream just until moistened. Fold in cheese and bacon. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; knead 8-10 times. Pat or roll into a 9-in. circle. Carefully place over onions.
  3. Bake at 400° for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert onto a large serving platter. Cool slightly; serve warm. Yield: 1 loaf (10 wedges).
Originally published as Upside-Down Onion Bread in Country Woman Christmas Annual 2010, p33

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ChefSweetie User ID: 7170599 161542
Reviewed Mar. 11, 2013

"I highly recommend this one."

twogonz User ID: 7092996 174446
Reviewed Jan. 18, 2013

"This is a family favorite!  It is also a huge hit at carry-in's, as people always ask for the recipe.  I think you'll agree that the texture and flavor combination is a match made in heaven.  The texture of the bread is kind of like Cheddar Bay Biscuits from a certain crimson-crustacean food chain, but it tastes even better with the complexity of the onion and fresh thyme.  Yes, there is a lot of butter, but when you taste it, you'll see why.  It's not an every-day food, but definitely a nice treat.  YUM! 

Pretty simple to make, but tastes like something you would get at a gourmet eatery.  ENJOY!"

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