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.

 

Ingredients

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

 

Directions

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.

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