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Crispy Panko-Topped Onions

Points® value
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
10 min
1 hr 10 min
These baked onions are like deconstructed onion rings. Roasting the onions enhances their sweetness while herbed-panko breadcrumbs give wonderful crunch.


Cooking spray

4 spray(s), divided


4 medium, peeled, cut in half

Table salt

¾ tsp(s), divided

Black pepper

¾ pinch(es), coarsely ground, divided

Panko breadcrumbs

¾ cup(s)

Unsalted butter

2 tbsp(s), melted

Fresh thyme

2 tsp(s), chopped


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 9- X 13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil and coat with cooking spray (or just coat a nonstick baking pan with cooking spray).
  2. Coat cut-sides of onions with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place onions, cut-side down, on prepared baking pan. Coat with more cooking spray and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Bake until onions are light golden and slightly softened, about 40 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine panko, butter, thyme, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  4. Remove onions from oven and turn over; sprinkle evenly with crumbs. Bake until onions are tender and crumbs are golden, about 25 to 30 minutes. Yields half an onion and about 1 1/2 tablespoons crumbs per serving.