French Onion Cheese Buns

Blogger Jennifer Perillo of In Jennie's Kitchen shares how to put add cheese and French onion to add new flavors to your buns. Caramelized onions and Swiss cheese swirled into a rustic bread captures the essence of classic French onion soup.

  • prep time 20 min
  • total time 1 hr 35 min
  • ingredients 8
  • servings 8


tablespoons butter or margarine
sweet onions, thinly sliced
A few fresh thyme leaves
tablespoon sherry vinegar
tablespoon molasses
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
package (13.2 oz) Pillsbury™ Simply® refrigerated rustic French bread
slices (1 oz each) Swiss cheese
  • 1 In 6-quart stockpot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Stir in onions, thyme, salt and pepper. Cook about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until onions begin to soften and turn golden. Stir in vinegar and molasses. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low. Cook about 20 minutes longer, stirring occasionally, until onions are softened. Remove from heat; cool slightly.
  • 2 Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 8-inch round cake pan with shortening or cooking spray. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. For each portion, on lightly floured surface, roll into 5X7-inch rectangle. Place 1 slice Swiss cheese on each rectangle. Top with caramelized onions, divided evenly between rectangles. Place 1 slice Swiss cheese on top of onions. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly. Press edge of dough into the roll to seal edge.
  • 3 Using a sharp serrated knife, cut each roll into 2 (2 1/2-inch) slices. Place slices in pan, gently pressing down until slices touch each other. Bake 35 minutes or until golden and cheese is bubbly. Cool 5 minutes before serving.
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