This wonderful combination of sweet onions, Swiss cheese, and rice is a tasty side dish for anything from grilled meats to roasted poultry. It is a favorite in our home, and you'll get rave reviews every time you serve it.

Bobbie Gibson Paulson
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 2-quart baking dish.

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  • Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan, and sprinkle in the rice. Stir, reduce heat to low, and simmer the rice until it is half-cooked, about 5 minutes. Drain the rice, and set aside.

  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onions until translucent but not browned, about 8 minutes. Mix the cooked onions and the butter from the skillet with the rice, and stir in the half-and-half, salt, and 1 3/4 cup of the Swiss cheese. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish, and sprinkle the remaining 1/4 cup of Swiss cheese over the top.

  • Bake uncovered in the preheated oven until the rice is tender and the top is lightly browned, about 1 hour.

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Nutrition Facts

323 calories; 17.1 g total fat; 51 mg cholesterol; 552 mg sodium. 32.4 g carbohydrates; 11.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2011
I thought this was really delicious with a couple additions. Another review said it needed some spice so I added 3 minced garlic cloves when the onion were almost done cooking. I also added a T. or so fresh parsley salt (not 1 & 1/2 t.) and pepper to taste. I would probably make this again. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2011
I could not bring myself to use a whole 3# bag of sweet onions for just my boyfriend and I so I just used about half (4 large onions). I reduced the salt for fear that 1 1/2 tsps. would make it too salty. The half and half combined with the swiss cheese made for a fluffy almost egg-like texture that I liked quite a bit. But I found the casserole almost too sweet. The other ingredients were not savory enough to contrast the sweetness. Perhaps cooking the rice in a chicken broth and adding spices might help with that. Read More
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  • 3 star values: 3
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2011
I thought this was really delicious with a couple additions. Another review said it needed some spice so I added 3 minced garlic cloves when the onion were almost done cooking. I also added a T. or so fresh parsley salt (not 1 & 1/2 t.) and pepper to taste. I would probably make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/19/2011
I thought this was really delicious with a couple additions. Another review said it needed some spice so I added 3 minced garlic cloves when the onion were almost done cooking. I also added a T. or so fresh parsley salt (not 1 & 1/2 t.) and pepper to taste. I would probably make this again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/04/2012
It was very delicous. The only thing I added was 4 cloves of garlic and I used regular white rice. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/01/2011
I could not bring myself to use a whole 3# bag of sweet onions for just my boyfriend and I so I just used about half (4 large onions). I reduced the salt for fear that 1 1/2 tsps. would make it too salty. The half and half combined with the swiss cheese made for a fluffy almost egg-like texture that I liked quite a bit. But I found the casserole almost too sweet. The other ingredients were not savory enough to contrast the sweetness. Perhaps cooking the rice in a chicken broth and adding spices might help with that. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/25/2013
This recipe was the March 23 2013 Recipe Group Selection. I thought this was a nice side dish that complimented the Flat Iron Steak with Balsamic Reduction I had made. Although I was pleased it didn t compete with the flavors of the steak I felt it could have had a little more jazz. It was just a little too bland for us. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/28/2013
Recipe Group Selection: 23 March 13 Loved it! Do I think more spices could be added for extra seasoning absolutely. I also think more rice could be added to the dish as it seemed to get lost in 3# s of onions. But my DH and I did enjoy the simple taste of this dish. I ran the onions and the Swiss cheese through the food processor to help speed up the process. This dish makes A LOT if you make the full batch. My 2 qt. casserole dish must not have been deep enough as I had run-overs in the oven. Enough spillage that I m thankful for the self-cleaning feature on my oven. My parents also enjoyed this side dish. I re-purposed the leftovers into a breakfast casserole that I was making the next night. It worked great and added delicious flavor to Slow Cooker Western Omelet from AR. Thanks Bobbie for sharing your recipe I will be making it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/16/2011
This was good but couldve been better. It just wasnt creamy enough. we had it with a cauliflower au gratin and mixed together were fabulous. If i do decide to make it again i will make a gravy with the half and half and swiss. Try it but make a roux with the half&half and some chicken broth/stock and then mix in the swiss then add in the onions and rice-it will be fantastic:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/26/2013
Made this for Recipe Group...We thought this was very good! After reading the reviews I decided to add a few things...I sauteed garlic w/ the onion (cooked in butter and a bit of evoo). I also used a mix of swiss Ballyshannon and parmesan cheeses which gave this a great flavor. I looked really 'white' while I was mixing everything together so I threw in some parsley for a little color. This had a really nice flavor and I would make it again! Thanks for sharing.:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/25/2013
Husband said we could make this again sometime. Did add some red pepper flakes for flavor. After in oven I wished I would have thought to have added mustard powder as I think it would have went well with the swiss cheese flavor. Served with grilled pork chops and broccoli. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
04/05/2013
Recipe Group selection 3/23/13. Sorry I am late with my reviews. Having read the consistent comment that this was bland I made one minor addition. As I assembled the dish for baking I added a good amount of fresh coarsly ground black pepper. Somehow that showcased my (very pricy) sweet Vidalia onions. We all liked it and will have it again. Thanks Bobbie. Read More
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