FFWD – Recipe Swap Onion “Carbonara” (A French Fridays Catch Up)


It’s the eve of Christmas Eve and I’m getting ready for a day of massive baking tomorrow, as I’m on Team Dessert for the big family Christmas this year. (I won’t be making many cookies, though, since I was lucky enough to win this from the lovely fellows at Boys Own Bakery.)

Tonight, however, was about relaxing and catching up on last week’s French Fridays dish. Onion Carbonara has a long history, as Mary relates in her post. Unlike its originators, I wasn’t attracted by the economics of the dish, but by the promise that it was one of those gluten-free dishes that doesn’t pale by comparison to the original.

In this version, steamed onions replace spaghetti as the anchor of the dish. It’s billed as an appetizer or a side, but I made two-thirds of the recipe and we had it as our main course. The steamed onions were sweet and crunchy, setting off the rest of the components so nicely that I didn’t miss the pasta at all. I do think that I’d like this version over pasta, too, and a number of other Doristas did just that.

I hope that you are surviving the whirlwind of the holidays, whatever you celebrate, and that you have lots of opportunity to enjoy good food and company before the turning of the year.

You can find many other blogged descriptions of this FFWD recipe here: Recipe Swap Onion “Carbonara”


10 thoughts on “FFWD – Recipe Swap Onion “Carbonara” (A French Fridays Catch Up)

  1. Teresa, your carbonara looks so delicious. The cookies that you won will be perfect for
    the holiday. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Looking forward to
    cooking with you in 2014.

  2. Teresa, the Onion Carbonara looks wonderful and very tasty. I passed on this recipe- the family is not an onion lover. I don’t understand it. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

  3. First of all, I am always on “Team Dessert”….even if I am playing the bench, so to speak 🙂 Good luck with all the baking and great job on knocking out this onion swap in the midst of all your holiday tasks. It was a fun one, no ? Next time I want to get my onions more uniformly and thinly sliced so they look like yours. Because there will be a next time 🙂 Merry Christmas and Happy New Year ~

  4. I hope you enjoyed your Team of Baking. I’m with Tricia, always on Team Dessert 🙂 I’m glad you enjoyed this one. I’m not the biggest fan of plain onions, but I liked this one with pasta.

  5. I must have been nice to have a delicious recipe that didn’t need to be adapted to be gluten-free. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas. That cookie-palooza assortment looked incredible. What a treat! I can’t wait to try the cookie recipe you sent with your card. I’ll email you later this weekend. I have a question about one of the ingredients. Wishing you and Kevin a very Happy New Year!

  6. Yours looks so delicious. I always like having a “real” recipe that is gluten free when I’m making something for friends. I was on team cookie (I have a niece that loves cheesecake, so that’s what it always is for dessert otherwise these days) this year (oh, and vegetables – no one does those :). Hope your holiday was wonderful. I can’t wait to try your cookie recipe. Thanks!!!

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