Rice Soubise ~ Julia Child's Recipe

Soubise (noun);  pron. "soo-beez". 
Not to be confused with the classic Sauce Soubise (a combination of Soubise and Bechamel sauce pureed and served with vegetables or eggs.) 

Soubise is an utterly delicious dish comprised of copious amounts of sliced onions, a small amount of blanched rice, butter, and seasonings; covered, baked in a 300˚(F) oven, and given an occasional stir now and then. After one hour those onions transform into a delightfully fragrant mass, nearly a puree. To finish the dish a small amount of cream and little grated Gruyere or other Swiss-type cheese is stirred in for enrichment.

I learned this version from Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" years and years ago.  The other day the thought of it popped into my mind and I realized I hadn't made it in at least 10 years; it's a perfect dish for a crisp autumn day. I had a lot of yellow onions on hand . . . so why not?!

If you are interested in the Le Creuset covered terrine, it is available in White, Red, Flame (Orange), and Cobalt blue --- 
Scroll down to the bottom of this post to learn more.

It makes a wonderful side dish for meats, chicken, fish, or as part of a vegetarian meal.

You may find it startling that so few ingredients can make such a flavorful and comforting dish ~

Two pounds of onions equal approximately 6 to 7 cups thinly sliced.

What it lacks in beauty, it more than compensates with flavor.  So good and rich, a little goes a long way.  (I could honestly have a small serving of it with a crisp green salad, dressed with vinaigrette and call it a meal.)

Because it doesn't look like much after it has cooked down, I transfer it to a warmed serving dish and bring it to the table so each one can serve themselves.  This time I sprinkled on a little more grated cheese and placed it under the broiler until melted and bubbly, then added a couple of sprigs of fresh thyme.

It might not be beautiful, but it certainly IS delicious!

If you would like a printable copy of the recipe,
click HERE.

~ NOTE ~

The Le Creuset covered Terrine is available here, (with FREE  super saver shipping):

Much cuter in person :)

It is available in Red, White, Flame (orange), and Cobalt.  I absolutely love mine and use it for all kinds of things besides pate ~ it's perfect for side dishes, as well as small casseroles for 2 or 3.

Foodie Friday!


  1. This looks and sounds so delicious. I am not a big rice fan, but with the onions (LOVE ONIONS) and cheese, I think it could be a regular on our table. I am definitely giving this a try.
    Beckie in Brentwood, TN

  2. This looks so fabulous I am now sorry that I am making shrimp scampi tonight! I made this once long ago and just forgot...
    I am soooo making this this week!
    But I do not have that cute little baking dish...*sigh*

  3. This sounds absolutely DIVINE and I must make it soon and I think it is beautiful. I have the book but have not come across this recipe or maybe I didn't notice. Love the little terrine, where did you get it???? Inquiring minds want to know. {{{SMILEY}}}


  4. Hi and thank you Beckie, if you give it a try I hope you love it.

    Linda, Wow, I could go for some Shrimp Scampi right now ~ just the perfect meal for a Saturday evening. Yum!

    Hi Carolyn, thank you so much! Oh, and the little porcelain terrine is made by Le Creuset. see below.

    And you've got to know I'm pining for the red version, too. I use them a lot more that I thought I would, perfect for side dishes, or a small casserole for 2. Please let me know if you get one, I'd love to see what you're going to serve in it!

    Thanks for stopping by friends! Have a great week.

  5. P.S. I edited to add a link if anyone is interested in purchasing the covered terrine/baking dish, it's available in 3 other colors AND FREE shipping!! (This is a great price, too.)

  6. I think it looks quite beautiful :) or maybe it's your photography :D I've never heard of soubise before, but after reading this, I wouldn't mind having some! I looks very tasty- definitely something I would like (and I love the sound of the onions!!)

  7. I,ve never made this..We are rice lovers..Will have to try..

    Pretty pretty Mary:)

  8. Une recette de riz très certainement délicieuse... Vos photos encouragent les papilles...
    Gros bisous

  9. Mari -- this looks devine! I also am in love with your blue dishes :)

    Thanks for sharing the best recipes :)


  10. Ahhhh, Julia, you can't go wrong with the Master :) This looks and sounds really good, something i would love. Thanks for sharing

  11. New to your site from Foody Friday and I will be spending more time here. I love your site! Everything looks so healthy! Can't wait to try this Rice Soubise!

  12. Actually, it's a lovely dish and looks absolutely delicious! I will most definitely try this recipe and am patting myself on the back that I dropped in for another visit...look at all those great recipes to try! I would love to have some LeCruset...maybe Christmas?! ;-)


  13. What a warm, comforting bowl of deliciousness! I am sending my Vegan sister a link to this post, Mari. She will love this & I know, I will, too. I'd never heard of 'soubise'. I learn SO much from you...thanks!


  14. I made this tonight. I was worried when I put it together. Tons of onions and a little bit of rice. I was pleasantly surprised. Everyone loved it! Delicious! Will add to my repertoire of recipes!!


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