Cheese and Onion Bakes

  • 10MINS
  • 10MINS
  • Serves 6
  • 211KCAL

For these simple homemade bakes, we've said goodbye to pastry and used sandwich thins to cover our filling. The results are melt-in-the-middle delicious, for a fraction of the calories you'd find at the bakery. Try them for lunch, dinner or as an oh-so-cheesy snack!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories211
  • Carbs20g
  • Protein13g
  • Fat8.6g
  • Saturates4.8g
  • Sugars2.3g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

There’s no need to pop to the bakery with this gooey-in-the-middle recipe on standby. Inspired by your mouth-watering photos and posts in our Facebook group, we decided to try giving our own version of Cheese and Onion Bakes a whirl.

Just like with our hugely-popular Steak Bakes, we’ve said goodbye to pastry and lowered the calories with a crispy pair of sandwich thins. Our slimming-friendly filling of melty onion and reduced-fat Cheddar means you can tuck in without compromising on classic, melty cheesiness.

Since they’re nice and light at 211 calories per bake, there’s nothing to stop you enjoying them as a light snack throughout the day. If you’re in the mood for a heartier meal, serve them with a crispy mixed salad or a hearty portion of Homemade Chips – just don’t forget your favourite sauce!

What diets are these Cheese and Onion Bakes suitable for?

This Cheese and Onion Bakes recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

You can make your bakes gluten-free as long as you use gluten-free sandwich thins.

For dairy-free diets, you’ll need to use a non-dairy cheese.

If you’re cooking for people with allergies, be extra careful when checking ingredients and preparing food.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Cheese and Onion Bakes?

All of the ingredients you need to make this recipe should be easy to find in your usual supermarket. We used soft-sliced sandwich thins made by Warburton’s, but some supermarkets also make their own versions. They can typically be found in the bakery aisle.

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I added a few chilli flakes to the cheese mix and BOOM!!!! A beautiful fiery twist
Cheese n onion bakes
Made these with a twist, I couldn't resist, I added HENDESONS! omg it takes it to the next level. Add chilli's with the cheese, for a nice spicey kick, omit the onion and just have cheese & tomato too, great for picnics, parties and pack lunches too
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I used Eat Lean cheese for less calories and red onion. For extra flavour I added a small drizzle of balsamic vinegar which was so good. Apply the egg to the top slice rather than trying to go around the filling.

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‘The results are melt-in-the-middle deliciousness, for a fraction of the calories you'd find at the bakery. You will love these and so will the family.. a bake to make time after time.’

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How many calories are in Cheese and Onion Bakes?

There are 211 calories per portion in these Cheese and Onion Bakes, which means they fall into our Everyday Light category. 

To cut down the amount of calories even more, you can simply halve the portion size and serve with a healthy accompaniment!

Cheese and Onion Bakes are perfect if you’re following a calorie-controlled diet, and fit well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.

Step 2

Place the cheese and onion in a medium mixing bowl and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir until evenly mixed.

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Step 3

Split the sandwich thins in half and lay them out on a chopping board. Divide the cheese and onion mixture into 6 portions. Place a portion of the mixture onto each of 6 sandwich thin halves. Pile the mixture up in the middle, then gently press down to form a square, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge.

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Step 4

Brush beaten egg around the edge and place one of the remaining sandwich thin halves on top of the filling. Press the centre of the lid down gently with a flat hand, then press around the edges to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges and seal well. Repeat until you’ve made 6 bakes.

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Step 5

Place the bakes on the lined baking tray and brush all over with the remaining egg. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.

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What could I serve with Cheese and Onion Bakes?

You could serve these alone for a tasty lunch or snack, or why not pair with chips or mash for a hearty dinner? Try serving with one of these easy side dishes:

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How do you know when Cheese and Onion Bakes are cooked?

You’ll need to cook Cheese and Onion Bakes for around 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Here in the UK, the standard advice is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and maintained that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep you and your family safe! 

How long can you keep Cheese and Onion Bakes in the fridge?

Once you’ve served this recipe, you’ll ideally need to eat it within 4 hours.

You can store any leftovers of this Cheese and Onion Bakes in the fridge for around 3 days. Make sure that you allow them to cool before putting them in a container with a lid and chilling in the refrigerator. 

Can I freeze Cheese and Onion Bakes?

Yes, you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer! 

How do I reheat Cheese and Onion Bakes?

From chilled: Reheat in the oven at 180ºC for about 5 minutes until piping hot throughout. 

From frozen: Allow to defrost overnight in the fridge and reheat as above.

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Cheese and Onion Bakes

These simple gooey-in-the-middle 'pastries' are a fraction of the calories in bakery-bought versions. Try them for lunch or as a quick snack!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    10 MINS
  • KCals 211
  • Carbs 20G

Ingredients

  • 6 soft sliced white or brown sandwich thins
  • 180 g reduced-fat mature Cheddar cheese finely grated
  • 1 small onion peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 medium egg beaten with a fork
  • salt and black pepper to taste

large baking tray

non-stick baking paper

Medium mixing bowl

cooling rack

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Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a large baking tray with a sheet of non-stick baking paper.
  2. Place the cheese and onion in a medium mixing bowl and season to taste with salt and black pepper. Stir until evenly mixed.
  3. Split the sandwich thins in half and lay them out on a chopping board. Divide the cheese and onion mixture into 6 portions. Place a portion of the mixture onto each of 6 sandwich thin halves. Pile the mixture up in the middle, then gently press down to form a square, leaving a 1cm gap around the edge.
  4. Brush beaten egg around the edge and place one of the remaining sandwich thin halves on top of the filling. Press the centre of the lid down gently with a flat hand, then press around the edges to seal. Use a fork to crimp the edges and seal well. Repeat until you've made 6 bakes.
  5. Place the bakes on the lined baking tray and brush all over with the remaining egg. Place in the preheated oven and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown.
  6. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. You can serve these hot or cold, alone, or with a crisp mixed salad or other accompaniment of your choice.

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Recipe notes

Tip: Leave the bakes to cool on a cooling rack rather than on the baking tray, otherwise the bases may become soggy.

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RheaFriday 16th February 2024

Hi What else can I use to hold the thins together instead of the egg please? Thanks

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    HollyWednesday 21st February 2024

    Hey Rhea, we haven’t tested this recipe without using egg but you could try a little milk to seal the Cheese and Onion Bakes, hope that helps!

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Lisa ASunday 25th June 2023

Hi can I use the air fryer if so how long?

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LisaFriday 9th June 2023

Could these be cooked in the airfryer? If so what temp and how long?

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sharon needhamTuesday 6th June 2023

Could I cook the cheese and onion bakes in the toastie maker?

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    SharonWednesday 7th June 2023

    Hi Sharon, we haven’t tried making Cheese and Onion Bakes in a toastie maker but they should work fine. Hope this helps.

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