"Bottom of the Bag" Parmesan Onion Bread

I always fall into that trap of buying a bag of onions thinking "It's cheaper! And you get so much more!" Then, after baking a roast, making some vegetable soup and perhaps one or two other meals, I find myself at the bottom of the bag with no use for the last few wilting onions.  (Am I the only one this happens to?) The thing is, I have been raised with the "waste not, want not" attitude, so no way am I throwing those babies out! And off searching for an onion recipe I go.

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Hearty Parmesan Soda Bread

I always fall into that trap of buying a bag of onions thinking "It's cheaper! And you get so much more!" Then, after baking a roast, making some vegetable soup and perhaps one or two other meals, I find myself at the bottom of the bag with no use for the last few wilting onions.  (Am I the only one this happens to?) The thing is, I have been raised with the "waste not, want not" attitude, so no way am I throwing those babies out! And off searching for an onion recipe I go. This time my recipe hunting resulted in Hearty Parmesan Soda Bread - it doesn't use a whole lot of onion, but it's just enough for some great flavor. And since it's a soda bread, there's no waiting around for the bread to raise! The cheesy flavor and hearty substance turned out to be a great side to a warm winter meal.

The make your own Hearty Parmesan Soda Bread, begin by prepping your ingredients - chop up that last onion. Then set your oven to 350 degrees.

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Now, combine the flour, parmesan cheese, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and onion in large mixing bowl.

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Cut in the butter using two knives or a pastry cutter. When you're done, the mixture will look like big crumbs.

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Add the milk and sour cream until the dough is just moistened. I used a spatula to fold it all together.

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Now, flip the dough out of your bowl on to a lightly floured surface (like a cutting board). Knead the dough for about a minute. When you're done, it should be pretty smooth.

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Divide the dough into two rounds and place them on a greased baking sheet. Then use a brush to spread egg whites on the top. This will give the bread a beautiful, smooth, golden look when the loaves are finished baking.

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Sprinkle each loaf with additional parmesan cheese, then cut an "X" about a half inch deep into the top. Place the baking sheet into the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.

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When the bread looks golden brown, remove from oven and allow it to cool a little.

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When the bread is cool enough to touch, slice it into wedges and slather with a little butter. It's great on its own, so we devoured one of these yummy Hearty Parmesan Soda Bread loaves by itself. Then we saved the other loaf in a resealable bag, and heated it in the oven the next night to eat with our meal.

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Make this Hearty Parmesan Soda Bread with your "bottom of the bag" onion - or anytime you're looking for a hearty side for your next meal. Then, rate and review the recipe on LandOLakes.com.

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Hearty Parmesan Soda Bread