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french onion meatballs that are baked and bathed in a oniony sauce

French Onion Baked Meatballs

  • Author: Debi


Tender, juicy meatballs that are bathed in a French onion sauce topped with cheese and baked until ooey gooey cheesy and utterly delicious!



For the Meatballs (Makes 18 large meatballs):

  • 1 Cup Fresh Breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 lbs. Ground beef
  • 1 Large Egg
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Minced Onion flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper

For the French Onion Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • 2 Large Onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme
  • 1/4 Cup Dry Sherry
  • 2 Tbsp. Flour
  • 2 Cups Beef Stock

For Assembly:

  • Swiss cheese slices
  • Mozzarella slices


  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prepare the Meatballs:
    • In a mixing bowl, combine the breadcrumbs and milk. Let them soak for a few minutes until the breadcrumbs are softened.
    • Add the ground beef, egg, garlic powder, onion powder, minced flakes, dried thyme, salt, and pepper to the breadcrumb mixture.
    • Mix everything together until well combined.
  3. Form the Meatballs:
    • Take about 2-3 tablespoons of the meat mixture and form it into a meatball. Repeat until you’ve made 18 meatballs.
    • Place the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a greased baking dish.
  4. Bake the Meatballs:
    • Bake the meatballs in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until they are cooked through and browned on the outside. Remove them from the oven and set them aside.
  5. Prepare the French Onion Sauce:
    • As the meatballs are cooking, heat the olive oil and butter in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat.
    • Add the thinly sliced onions, salt, pepper, and dried thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are caramelized and browned, about 15-20 minutes.
    • Add the dry sherry to the skillet and cook for a few minutes until it reduces slightly.
    • Sprinkle the flour over the onions and stir to combine, cooking for another 2 minutes.
    • Slowly whisk in the beef stock, making sure there are no lumps. Simmer for 5-7 minutes or until the sauce thickens.
  6. Assemble the Meatballs:
    • Place the baked meatballs into the same pan and carefully nestle them into the onions.
    • Top with Swiss & Mozzarella cheese.
  7. Final Bake:
    • Return the dish to the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the sauce is hot and bubbly.
  8. Serve: Serve the French Onion Baked Meatballs with warm crusty bread.

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