11 Recipes With a French Onion Twist

a serving of crispy-topped green bean casserole on a white plate with a fork in the background
Chef John's Green Bean Casserole. Photo: Chef John

Does your dinner repertoire need an upgrade? You can easily add a touch of savory decadence to your dish with French onion, whether it comes in a seasoning packet, fried ahead of time, or caramelized right on your stove. Classic weeknight main dishes and sides get a dose of savory flavor with a touch of French onion. You'll want to add these recipes with a French onion twist, like Crunchy French Onion Chicken and French Onion Mac and Cheese, to your rotation.

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French Onion Casserole

French Onion Casserole
Melissa Ahearn

This French onion casserole is the epitome of easy comfort food you can make with kitchen staples. The combination of soups give it ample flavor and moisture, all wrapped up in a creamy package. Fo ahead and save this, because you'll want to add it to your rotation.

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Crunchy French Onion Chicken

Crunchy French Onion Chicken
Photo by bd.weld.

Baked chicken gets an easy and epic transformation with two simple ingredients: crushed French fried onions and a beaten egg to help them stick. For a mess-free countertop, place the onions in a zip-top bag before crushing them.

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French Onion Mac and Cheese

French Onion Mac and Cheese
lutzflcat

Macaroni and cheese gets a French onion twist with the addition of onions, thyme, and gruyere (which you shouldn't substitute if you can help it because it's essential to the finished product's flavor). The combination of comfort foods is decadent and delicious, and this recipe comes together in just 40 minutes.

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French Onion Meatloaf

French Onion Meatloaf
Linda T

Meatloaf is a beloved classic, but little pockets of French onion flavor make it even better. Incorporating a packet of French onion soup mix into the ground beef is a simple twist on a tried-and-true method.

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French Onion Pork Chops

French Onion Pork Chops
Anthony Scott

This twist on pork chops is simple and quick, requiring only six ingredients and 35 minutes to make. If you're serving a warm carbohydrate, such as potatoes, pasta, or rice as a side, go ahead and make a double batch of the sauce.

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French Onion Dip Sandwiches (Slow Cooker)

French Onion Dip Sandwiches (Slow Cooker)
Bibi

French onion soup meets French onion dip in this slow-cooker sandwich recipe. There's a lot of prep involved, but the end result (rich, tender roast beef sandwiches) is absolutely worth the extra time and energy.

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French Onion Chicken

French Onion Chicken
Renee Marie

This easy and delicious baked chicken recipe is the perfect pick for those weeknights when you don't want to think too hard about dinner. Dry onion soup mix, condensed cream of mushroom soup, and sour cream go a long way flavor-wise in a relatively short amount of time. For a version with less salt, use a smaller amount of dry onion soup or swap it out for a low-sodium version.

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French Onion Green Bean Casserole

a serving of crispy-topped green bean casserole on a white plate with a fork in the background
Chef John's Green Bean Casserole. Chef John

This may just be the most elegant green bean casserole you've ever eaten. Chef John gives the classic holiday side an unexpected twist that even pleases people who aren't fond of traditional green bean casserole. Although it takes more time and effort than a standard, canned soup-based green bean casserole, the result is certainly worth the effort.

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Slow Cooker French Onion Pork Chops

a plate with a Slow Cooker French Onion Pork Chop and a side of steamed mixed veggies
thedailygourmet

This recipe is an easy way to prepare pork chops for a weeknight dinner but is lighter than the standard pork chops and gravy. If you prefer a thicker gravy, add some cornstarch to bulk it up.

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Stuffed French Onion Chicken Meatballs

Stuffed French Onion Chicken Meatballs
thedailygourmet

"Made this for my meatball hating family last week because I thought it looked great — they were asking me to make it again before the meal was over," says community member ralanw. "Made it just as it's written, don't think I would change anything (except make lots more sauce!). The mozzarella stuffing is a neat touch, but it would have been just as good to top with shredded mozz. Don't overwork the meatballs and you'll have a great and surprisingly quick and easy meal that everyone will love."

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French Onion Potatoes

French Onion Potatoes
lutzflcat

You can't really go wrong with potatoes and cheese, especially when you're adding French onion flavor and diced bacon to the mix. This potato bake is impressive enough for company, but simple to put together — the most complicated step is layering the ingredients.

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