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Onion Pie, mmm mmm!

[Edit, 2016: check out the vegan version!]

My sister and I are doing some of the cooking for Thanksgiving this year, and today I baked this simple-but-delicious savory pie for the first time. My grandmother used to make it for family dinners.

3 cups sliced cubed onions
3 tablespoons butter
2 eggs
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 pastry shell

My favorite pastry recipe is from David Tanis’ A Platter of Figs, which yields two crusts and is equally great for sweet and savory:

2 cups flour
2 sticks of butter (cut into thin slices)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten, and enough cold water to make 1/2 cup

Mix the flour, butter, and salt, then add the egg and water. It’ll be a little sloppy, so you’ll need to throw in a bit of extra flour to make the whole thing come together. This dough needs refrigerating for an hour.

Anyway, back to the filling instructions:

Sauté onions in butter until tender. Pour in pastry shell. Beat eggs slightly then add milk, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over onions. Bake at 425º F for 18-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Some notes:
–This recipe makes a 9″ pie.
–I added some cumin and fresh basil to the basic recipe.
–I used both yellow and red onions.
–The two pies were in the oven for just about half an hour.

(I’d rather not use disposable pie pans, but I am making six.)

1 Comment to Onion Pie, mmm mmm!

  1. Kate's Gravatar Kate
    November 25, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    They look great! I can't wait to eat them!

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