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postheadericon How to Cook Your Onion: Onion Pie

The first time I heard of onion pie I thought it was a joke.  But the first time I tried it I was hooked.  Onion pie is a delicious, healthy, way to use up a lot of onions if you have them.  It makes a delicious, filling, dinner on a cold day.  While onion pie may sound disgusting, it actually has a mild, sweet, taste.  The onions cook for so long that any unappealing onion flavor is destroyed and all that is left is the inherent sweetness of the onions.  Onion pie is a delicious, creative, way to turn all of your excess onions into a sweet treat that the entire family will enjoy.



There are several basic ingredients needed for this recipe.  None of these ingredients are exotic or fancy, and you should have no problem picking them up at your local grocery store.  To keep things simple, I recommend using a pre-baked pie crust.  These are usually available in the pastry section of your grocery store.  If, however, you love to bake there are tons of easy recipes for pie crusts available on the internet.  The ingredients you will need for onion pie are listed below:

  • 3 cups thinly sliced Vidalia onions
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 (9-inch) pre-baked deep-dish pie shell
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 slices bacon, crisply cooked and crumbled



Begin by preheating your oven to 325° Fahrenheit.  Next grab a medium sauce pan and melt the three tablespoons of butter over medium heat.  Be careful not to turn the heat too high and burn your butter.  That can lead to a smelly, stinky, mess.  Once your butter has melted, add the onions and sauté them until they are lightly browned.  Place your pie pan on a sheet pan and proceed to line the bottom of the crust with the onions you just finished caramelizing.  In a small bowl, beat the eggs and flour together.  Then combine them with the milk, sour cream and salt.  Mix all of these ingredients together very well and then pour the mixture over the top of the onions.  Garnish the pie with bacon and then bake until it is firm in the center.  This will take about thirty minutes.  Once the pie is finished baking, move it to a serving platter and enjoy!


Don’t judge a book by its cover.  Although onion pie sounds disgusting it is actually a sweet and delicious way to use up all your excess onions.  My family and I have become big fans of this delicious pastry dish.  It is a great meal to serve at the end of summer or the beginning of fall as your supply of summer onions begins to dwindle.  Not being a great baker, I was skeptical of my ability to turn out a terrific onion pie.  However, this recipe is easy as can be.  The most novice cooks can put their onions to use to make a unique, different, tasty meal to surprise their friends and family.

postheadericon How to Cook Your Onion: French Onion Soup

Ooey-gooey cheesy goodness! A great way to turn your onions into a delicious, fulfilling, meal is to make them into the aptly named French Onion Soup.  Onions take a back seat in most dishes, but not this one.  Their bold flavors are at the forefront of what is one of the world’s favorite soups.  This soup is hearty and can be used to wet your appetite as great appetizer or be the star of your meal as a main dish.  French Onion Soup is a staple soup from diners to five star restaurants.  The best part of this soup is that it is not hard to make.  With the right ingredients even the most inexperienced home cook can make a meal that will turn heads.


French Onion Soup requires fairly common ingredients that can be found in almost every grocery store around the country.  If they are not in your pantry already, they should be easy and inexpensive to find.  The ingredients you will need to make a scrumptious French Onion Soup are:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 4 onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine, about 1/2 bottle
  • 3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 quarts beef broth
  • 1 baguette, sliced
  • 1/2 pound grated Gruyere


Begin by melting the stick of butter in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Be sure your heat is not too high or else you will burn your butter.  Once the butter has melted add the onions, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, salt, and pepper.  Cook this mixture until the onions become soft and caramelized, about twenty-five minutes.  Once the onions have caramelized, add your wine.  Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until the wine has evaporated and the onions are dry, which should take about five minutes.  Pull out the bay leaves and thyme and throw them away (or compost them if you’re going green).  Lightly dust the onions with flour and give them a stir.  Turn the heat to medium low and cook the flour and onions for ten minutes to remove the raw flour taste.  Next, add beef broth and bring the mixture back up to a simmer.  Cook for ten minutes and season to taste with salt and pepper.

Once you are ready to eat, turn on your broiler.  Once the broiler has heated up, arrange the baguette slices on a baking sheet in a single layer. Sprinkle the slices with the Gruyere and broil them until they are bubbly and golden brown, which should take three to five minutes.  Ladle the soup into bowls, top them each with one of the Gruyere croutons and enjoy!



I love French Onion Soup.  It is a versatile soup that represents the best taste an onion can provide.  French onion soup packs so much flavor for such an easy dish to throw together.  It is great for lunch, dinner, a midnight snack, anything really.  The cheese covered crouton on top adds a great boost of flavor and texture to an already delicious dish.  If you have some onions lying around and are hungry for something new give this recipe a try. I promise you won’t regret it.

postheadericon How to Cook Your Onion: Onion Rings

If you love fried foods as much as most Americans, you probably love onion rings.  Next to the French Fry, onion rings are the most popular fried treat.  While they are widely recognized and available at just about every fast food restaurant many people don’t realize that with a few simple ingredients and a little time, onion rings are a simple treat to whip up at home.  I have an easy recipe for onion rings that I make with my family all the time.


Before you begin there are several ingredients you need to pick up.  A few bucks and a quick trip to your local grocery store are all that is required.  The list of ingredients are as follows:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large sweet onions, such as Vidalia, sliced 1/4-to-1/2-inch thick


Once you’ve purchased all the ingredients it’s time to start cooking. Begin by preheating your oven to 450° Fahrenheit.  Place parchment paper on two baking seats and set them aside for the moment.  Grab a small bowl and combine the flour, paprika and two teaspoons of salt.  In another small bowl, whisk together the buttermilk and eggs.  Add half of the flour mixture to the buttermilk and eggs and beat until the mixture is smooth and thickened.  In a third bowl, combine panko bread crumbs, olive oil and two teaspoons of salt.

Now it’s time to get messy.  Lightly dredge the onions you sliced in the flour.  Then proceed to dip them in the buttermilk batter.  Drain the excess batter and lightly dredge the onion ring in the panko bread crumbs.  It helps if you use one hand to dredge the onion in the flour and breadcrumbs and the other to dip it in the batter.  This wet hand/dry hand method prevents the flour and breadcrumbs from sticking to your hands and making a big mess.

Once all the onion rings have been prepared, arrange them on the baking sheets in a single layer.  You can place smaller rings inside bigger rings if necessary, just make sure there is space between them.  Once all the onion rings are on the sheet, place the trays in the oven.  Cook your onion rings until they are golden brown (Approximately 14-20 minutes).  Halfway through the cooking time, pull the trays out of the oven and flip each onion ring over to ensure even cooking.  Once finished you will have crispy, golden brown, onion rings to enjoy!


This is one of my favorite recipes. I make it as a side dish with a variety of meals. They are tasty enough on their own, but if you are feeling adventurous they go well with a variety of sauces that can be made at home as well.  If you love onions and crispy snacks these onion rings are the perfect recipe for you.     


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