Grilled Onions, a new bench

I use onions every day in winter – added to stews or stir-fries or just to tart up a vegetable..

Sometimes the onions and garlic get chopped before I even know what I’m cooking.

In the summer, when almost everything is grilled I don’t use them as often.

Or at least I didn’t……

Mon mari, you see, really, really, really likes onions.

He is responsible for me planting a few hundred onions every spring. (The shallots I plant for me, as I prefer them when they the play a more dominant roll in a dish.) He grills a few of the smaller onions every night for himself. This dish was his idea.

I used one large red onion and one large white. If you can get sweet onions, like Vidalia, they would be great here. He grilled them in the same hinged basket that he uses for hamburgers.

We had them as a first course (also his idea….) They would be great as a side dish or (even better) on a burger.

Here is the recipe for the Balsamic Glaze.

Grilled Onions

Total time: 35 minutes


  • 1 large red onion, trimmed, with 2 thick slices (1/2″) cut  from the center 
  • 1 large white onion, trimmed, with 2 thick slices (1/2″) cut  from the center 
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbs honey
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 2 tbs Balsamic Glaze

Grilled Onions


  • Whisk together the mustard, honey, vinegar and oil.
  • Brush or spoon mixture onto both sides of the onions.
  • Lay them flat in a hinged grill basket or directly on the grill (risky).
  • Grill 10 – 15 minutes per side over direct heat, then move to indirect heat for another 5 – 10, until tender.
  • Remove, drizzle with the Balsamic Glaze and serve. Olive garnish optional.

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As long as we’re talking about mon mari….  He’s a bit of a scrounge.

When we lived in Ireland he used to go for bike rides round the neighborhood. He came home with a half-moon, wrought iron table balanced on his handlebars one day. Apparently, someone had thrown it out. He cleaned it up, painted it, had a glass top made and we still have it. It’s on our balcony.

When we moved into our first house in France there was an old bench tucked under a tree that was left behind.


He replaced the wood, did whatever other repairs were needed and it, too, made the move with us.

A few weeks ago he found another bench, broken, rusty, falling apart, and tucked away behind the compost pile at one of the properties he takes care of.

The house is for sale, the owner back in the U.K….. He kindly offered to get rid of it for them.


Looks nice under one of our shade trees, doesn’t it?

Last update on July 29, 2016

7 thoughts on “Grilled Onions, a new bench”

  1. A lovely bench and we are having the weather to enjoy using it.
    Mine arrives in the containers next week but it needs new wood and most of the wood working tools are also in the containers. They have to be unearthed, a workshop set up and I hope to have mine for next summer. I might also have one like your original bench but if it was dismantled and packed, it also needs new wood…..and I want to establish a potager, re-do the kitchen etc.
    It is going to take years to get sorted out here particularly as there is so much else going on around us!

  2. I would eat onions in everything if I could. Unfortunately, things like chocolate cake don’t do onions well.

    I too am a ‘scrounge’ and have found some of my most well loved things that way. Good for mon mari that he sees the potential in the tossed. Some wonderful pieces there.

  3. We grill onions but don’t use the basket. We put a few tooth picks into the slices to hold them together and it works perfectly. Will try a balsamic glaze next time. Good idea.

  4. Tanna, thanks on both counts.

    Gill, the containers arriving is exciting…. and the work overwhelming, but fun. As long as you have firewood for winter you;ll be fine 😉

    nightsmusic, I do put them into almost everything. But for ‘whole onions’ I prefer the milder flavor of shallots. Do those bother you too?

    Phoenicia, I never make suggestions to the grill master…. but toothpicks are a good idea LOL

    kate, he is a very useful scrounger 😉

    Ina, I’m happy with both benches

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