French Onion Cheese Bread

by heidi on January 22, 2014

Onions. You either love ‘em or leave ‘em. I’ve always been a fan of melty, gooey cheese with a side of soup so of course my French Onion Soup recipe is my downright, most craveable shhhlurp.

French Onion Cheese Bread is ooey, gooey and totally addicting

So when I was assigned with coming up with a craveable appetizer recipe, I set my sights on an alteration of caramelized onions, cheese and bread.

They are the three main food groups, right?

While I clearly have a love for the hearty broth that my caramelly onions usually swim in, this time around I left the idea of soup to its own devices in my favorite tortellini soup recipe.

French Onion Cheese Bread is ooey, gooey and totally addicting

This time, the onions topped crusty halved pieces of melty white cheese topped french bread. The melted cheese pulled from nose to nose ala Lady and the Tramp, with plenty of crunching in between.

French Onion Cheese Bread is ooey, gooey and totally addicting

About the recipe:

This recipe makes a great appetizer for guests. Do all of the cooking and prep hours before your guests arrive, keep in the refrigerator and pop into the oven for a hot treat.

To make the bread easier to serve, I cut the bread into serving sizes by slicing ¾ of the way through the loaves before topping with the onion and cheese, making for an easy pull-apart or cutting option.

I use a melty Gruyere or fontina cheese but if you have mozzarella or monterey jack on hand, that will work too, they just won’t delivery the tasty nutty flavor.

Get my Caramelized French Onion Bread recipe and see the rest of my Go Bold with Butter recipes here.

French Onion Cheese Bread

Yield: makes 8 halves

French Onion Cheese Bread


3 tablespoons butter
3 onions, peeled and thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves only
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
4 French rolls, split in half
2 cups Gruyère or Fontina cheese, shredded


  1. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions, garlic and thyme leaves and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Lower heat to medium low, cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  2. Add sugar, kosher salt and pepper and cook for 10 minutes.
  3. Add balsamic vinegar and cook for another 10 minutes or until onions are caramelized.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  5. Place bread halves on a baking sheet, cut side up. Sprinkle evenly with shredded cheese then spoon caramelized onion on top.
  6. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese has melted and bread turns golden brown.
  7. Cut into pieces and serve immediately. Garnish with extra thyme leaves if desired.

Last year I created another French Onion round-up last year with some totally terrific FOS variations. I liked them so much, I figured there’s always room for more.


No need for napkins, or heck, even a spoon when Lauren puts her twist on classic FOS flavors in a cute little cup with French Onion Soup Wonton Bites by Climbing Grier Mountain.


Caramelized in a bath of beer, according to Laurie, the cheese bombed onion deliciousness in Simply Scratch’s French Onion Soup Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are totally legit.


What’s it gonna take? Teamwork! Carrie masters french oniony flavors in Bakeaholic French Onion Soup Macaroni and Cheese recipe, and keeps the recipe moving when she guest posts it on Jen’s blog Savory Simple.

Salisbury Steak

Cheese toasts, beefy steak and sauteéd onions made even more savory because they’re simmered in red wine and broth for a truly decadent French Onion Soup Salisbury Steak from Brandy of Nutmeg Nanny.


A french onion mash-up isn’t necessarily in Ashley’s lunch plan until she happens to combine her favorite sammy dipped into a slurp of soup in Baker by Nature’s French Onion French Dip Sandwiches. Pass the napkins please.

This recipe was created in partnership with Go Bold With Butter where I am a paid contributor to their website. As always, all opinions are my own. Thanks for supporting companies I partner with, which allows me to create more unique content and recipes for you.

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Posted in: appetizers and small bites,cheese,vegetables and fruits

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks January 22, 2014 at 10:13 pm

Oh I can only imagine how good this is and at an event or party, I bet it would fly off the table! pinned


Sarah | The Sugar Hit January 23, 2014 at 2:12 am

Oh my word, there would be serious danger of me skipping the meal all together if this was the appetizer! Gooey cheese, caramelised onions and crispy bread. Freaking awesome.


Belinda@themoonblushbaker January 23, 2014 at 3:43 am

Soup up a french baguette with this now and I think i could eat it all! No need for fancy extras when you something that looks as lovely as this.


Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg January 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

Ooey gooey is calling my name. This would be gone in 2 seconds flat around here. Pinned!


Tieghan January 23, 2014 at 6:47 am

Oh my deer gosh, this is amazing! It would be gone in seconds over here!


Tieghan January 23, 2014 at 6:51 am

Oops, I need to learn to spell. I meant *dear. Sorry!


Katrina @ WVS January 23, 2014 at 7:06 am

Loooooving this!! It looks awesome!


Erin | The Law Student's Wife January 23, 2014 at 7:22 am

I’m pretty sure when we get to heaven, the angels will be putting caramelized onions on absolutely EVERYTHING, starting with this bread. These apps are cheesy, over-the-top in the most divine way!


Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet January 23, 2014 at 7:57 am

Yes, please! Cheese, bread and French onions – I am so in!!


Jodee Weiland January 23, 2014 at 8:45 am

This looks really good…love Gruyere cheese and French Onion Soup! What a great idea!


Jen @ Savory Simple January 23, 2014 at 9:28 am

WHY am I not eating this right now? NEED.


Alice // Hip Foodie Mom January 23, 2014 at 9:42 am

oh my gawd. . I’m doing a juice cleanse for 3 days and just saw this. . this might be my downfall. Damn, looks so good!


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious January 23, 2014 at 10:05 am

I am an onion luvvah! There’s soooo many things they can be used for and this bread looks amazing!


Courtney @ Neighborfood January 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Pretty sure I could live on this bread. And ice cream. Yup, that’s all my survival requires.


Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen January 23, 2014 at 1:26 pm

In the event of an apocalypse, I’m with you, Courtney!


Ali | Gimme Some Oven January 23, 2014 at 12:44 pm

You had me at onions. These look ooey gooey and perfect.


Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen January 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm

I love everything about this! Except that I would have to make it myself. Can you come over please? :)


Laura (Tutti Dolci) January 23, 2014 at 2:06 pm

There’s nothing better than caramelized onions + cheese + bread!


Kathryn January 23, 2014 at 2:12 pm

Oh this is so clever! I can’t get enough of those caramelised onions at the moment and this looks like a super way to stuff a few more in my face.


Layla @ Brunch Time Baker January 23, 2014 at 3:26 pm

Onions+Cheese=YUMMY!! I can’t wait to try this bread out


Nutmeg Nanny January 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm

Oh my! I fear if I made this bread I would eat it all before my husband could even get a bite…haha. Thank you for linking to my Salisbury steak :)


Taylor Mathis January 23, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Love the first shot with the cheese pulling away! looks delicious


Bonny @ Clever Hen January 24, 2014 at 8:26 am

How is yummy is that?….golden brown caramelized onion smothered on cheesy french bread! This will be great for tonight’s dinner.


Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures January 24, 2014 at 11:06 am

These should be the three main food groups! This bread looks AMAZING!


Paula – bell’alimento January 25, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Yes, onions, cheese and bread are the three main food groups! This bread would be a great comfort food dinner!


wendy@chezchloe January 27, 2014 at 8:55 am

Ouch. It’s the first day of my juice fast… Must pin this and quickly shut my laptop.
It all looks Soooo good.


ATasteOfMadness January 27, 2014 at 11:17 pm

Wowza, I know what I’m making on the weekend! This looks great!


Bev @ Bev Cooks February 4, 2014 at 8:32 am

Oh my LOOOOORD these were made for my life.


Arthur in the Garden April 16, 2014 at 11:45 am

Love it! In fact, I had something similar today!


Vera October 5, 2014 at 10:21 pm

french eh ? looks nice


Vera October 5, 2014 at 10:22 pm

looks amazing, wonder if my cooking skills will be enough to cook the recipe :) I do like cooking and all but mostly its in papas cooking games lol.


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