Onion Sandwiches

James Beard

Author and Educator

These faux “onion rings” are a classic James Beard hors d’oeuvre that have been popular since the 1965 publication of Menus for Entertaining. The edges of the tea sandwiches are rolled in finely chopped parsley for an elegant finish.


  • Loaf brioche or challah
  • 6 to 8 small white onions, peeled, sliced thinly
  • 1 bunch parsley, chopped finely
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • Salt to taste


Cut brioche or challah into thin slices, and cut these into rounds with a biscuit cutter. Spread the rounds of bread with mayonnaise, top half of them with slices of onion and salt well. Top these halves with the remaining rounds, and press them together firmly. Roll the edges in mayonnaise and then chopped parsley. Chill in the refrigerator several hours before serving.


12 sandwiches