• Cheese and Onion Bread Casserole

    May 12, 2009

    I’m a huge fan of cooking big ol’ casseroles during the work week. They’re easy to make and taste great as leftovers, especially packed in lunches or for busy nights when you only have time to reheat dinner.

    This Cheese and Onion Bread Casserole is a vegetarian dish that combines French bread, onions, and cheddar cheese into one-dish to make a delicious, hearty meal. I used cheddar and a tiny bit of Gruyere, but you could easily substitute different cheeses in this dish.

    Makes: 8 servings

    Cook: 15 minutes 
    Bake: 45 minutes 
    Prep: 10 minutes 


    4 eggs
    3 cups low-fat (1%) milk
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    1 loaf French bread (about 16 inches long), cubed (about 8 cups)
    2 tablespoons olive oil
    3 large onions (about 1-1/2 pound) sliced
    1/2 teaspoon sugar
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese


    1. Whisk together eggs, milk and nutmeg in large bowl. Add bread cubes. Let mixture stand 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
    2. Heat oil in large nonstick skillet. Add onion, sugar, salt and pepper; cook over medium-low heat until onion is very tender, 15 minutes.
    3. Heat oven to 350°. Coat 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    4. Spoon half of bread mixture into baking dish. Top with half of onion mixture. Repeat with the remaining bread and onion. Sprinkle with cheese.
    5. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until puffed and golden. Let cool slightly before serving.

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    Meghan May 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    Yum! That looks like exactly what my overtired, cold self is craving right now!


    sarah (ghost world) May 12, 2009 at 7:41 pm

    mmm. looks like it would make a great breakfast, too!


    Meg May 12, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Casseroles are the best and this one looks awesome!


    Kudret May 12, 2009 at 7:53 pm

    Yumm!! I will definitely try this out when I”m at college because it looks SUPER college friendly both in terms of cost and preparation!


    Mara @ What's For Dinner? May 12, 2009 at 7:54 pm

    That looks like something that would go over great here :)


    Lauren May 12, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I think this will definitely be on the menu at my place next week. I’m a big fan of freezing the leftovers in individual portioned sizes, and this will work great for that as well as being tasty! :)


    Brandi May 12, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    mmm…so cheesy :) I love meals like this during the week, too.


    Pearl May 12, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    ooh what a lovely casserole!


    Alison May 12, 2009 at 9:09 pm

    Looks yummy! I bet it’d be great with some broccoli or spinach thrown in too.


    K May 12, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    Cheese, onions, and bread?! Sign me up :) That sounds fantastic!!


    coco May 12, 2009 at 9:30 pm

    yummy~~~ 😀 the best combo ever: cheese, bread, onion!!! I love it!


    FitFoodie May 12, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    What a great idea! It looks yummy :)


    zestycook May 12, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    I read the title and I knew I would like it… it looks really good tina! I am a huge fan of casseroles during the week. thanks for sharing


    brookesballbuster May 12, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    This looks like one of those meals that tastes even better as leftovers. Thank you for the suggestion:)


    weight and meditate May 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Um, that looks amazing!


    Christina May 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Looks great. I love casseroles too, they’re always so delicious and are definitely the best leftovers.


    Kara May 12, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    That casserole is beautiful and sounds delicious! These are probably the only kind of leftovers that I like.


    bobbi May 13, 2009 at 12:07 am

    You know I will be making this!!! Thanks Tina!


    katecooks May 13, 2009 at 12:29 am

    mmm this looks so good!!!! cheese, bread and onions are some of my favorites!


    Runeatrepeat May 13, 2009 at 1:27 am

    This sounds magical!!!


    Melinda January 10, 2010 at 6:43 am

    Quick, Easy, Cheap (at least where i live) and delicious! i’m a total cheese and bread fan so this would taste like heaven!! i’m gonna try it out tonigh :))))


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