Friday, July 24, 2009

Onion Pie

Well you probably shouldn't try serving this to any onion haters in your house (and you know who you are), but if you happen to like the little bulbs -- and we do (see onion crop here) -- you should give this frugal quiche-like main dish a try. Notice it doesn't call for a traditional crust; rather you mix saltine cracker crumbs with butter and smush away.
I do love smushing.
Recipe comes from Katy's blog, Food for a Hungry Soul. Thanks, Katy, for a great new dish.
2 c. thinly sliced onions, separated into rings (2-3 medium onions)
2 T. butter
1 c. finely crushed saltines (about 28 crackers) (I whirled these in blender)
1/4 c. (1/2 stick) butter, melted
3/4 c. milk
2 eggs
pinch salt
dash pepper
1/4 c. shredded cheese (I used sharp Cheddar; Katy says just about any kind of cheese works)
dash paprika
Slice onions and separate into rings. Melt 2 T. butter in saucepan and saute onions until transluscent.

While onions are cooking, smash your saltines into crumbs. (The blender works perfectly for this. My crackers were even a little bit stale, but you couldn't tell in the finished product. So maybe this is a new use for all of our stale crackers.) Mix crumbs with the 1/4 c. melted butter and smush into bottom and sides of pie pan.
Place cooked onions in crust. Combine milk, eggs, salt and pepper and pour over the onions.

Sprinkle with cheese and paprika. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes, or until knife inserted halfway between center and edge comes out clean.

Enjoy your pie.

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Blogger Lori said...

Lynn, that actually looks very good. I love onions.
I'd have to get over a mind-thing though...cause when I think PIE, I think SWEET. :) I'd have to re-route my brain to think onion casserole or something before I ate it though! LOL!

July 24, 2009 at 5:59 PM  
Blogger Katy ~ said...

I'm looking at your pie, wishing I had a slice of it. It looks terrific! Love onion pie.

July 24, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Ruby said...

Yep, onion lovers here!
Thank you once again, Lynne. That's an idea to store.
Lori mentioned she thinks sweet for pies. Well here in Australia, meat pies are the most common. I always thought pumpkin pies (as in what you read in American stuff) would be savoury, the way we eat things, but apparently not?
I posted a recipe for the first time yesterday, Lynne. A Salmon Casserole my family enjoys.

July 24, 2009 at 6:52 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Hmmmm, Ruby, maybe you can teach us all how to make a meat pie. That can be your next recipe post :) Your salmon casserole sounds delicious, by the way. Thanks for sharing it.

July 24, 2009 at 7:36 PM  
Blogger Carpool Queen said...

YUM! I think I'll make this while I'm on a "Lynn's Recipe" roll for my veggie/farmer's market supper tomorrow night. I bet it'll be fantastic with some sliced tomatoes to accompany it.

And I have a tin (yes, a real tin) of crackers going stale as we speak.

July 24, 2009 at 7:40 PM  
Blogger Ruby said...

Sorry to mislead you, Lynne!
I am not a pie maker. I have tried, but honestly, they are fairly cheap here and I am no pastry cook. One of my daughters makes a lovely family pie which I may post one day on my blog.
Meat pies, the little individual ones, are one of the most often bought take aways here. Especially at sporting fixtures, lunch on work sites.
The tastiest have the most meat! We have mince (ground beef), steak and onion, bacon, name it. Here's a recipe I just copied. I notice it has vegemite in it :0) how Australian is that pie! Vegemite is a very salty savoury taste so you get the idea.

Aussie Meat Pies.
Makes 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large brown onion, finely chopped
500g lean beef mince
1 tablespoon cornflour
3/4 cup beef stock
3/4 cup tomato sauce
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon barbecue sauce
1 teaspoon Vegemite
2 sheets frozen, ready-rolled shortcrust pastry, thawed
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 egg, beaten
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion. Cook for 3 minutes or until soft. Add mince. Cook for 4 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon, or until browned.
Mix cornflour and 1 tablespoon of stock to form a paste. Add remaining stock. Add stock, sauces and Vegemite to mince. Bring to the boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer for 8 minutes or until thick. Cool.
Preheat oven to 220°C. Place a baking tray into oven. Grease 4 x 8cm base measurement pie pans.
Cut 4 x 15cm circles from shortcrust pastry. Use to line bases and sides of pans. Fill with mince. Brush rims with water. Cut 4 x 15cm circles from puff pastry. Place over meat. Press to seal. Trim. Brush with egg. Season.
Place pies onto hot tray. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden. Serve.

I had a pic to accompany but don't know how to down load that on comments, so here's a link.

July 24, 2009 at 9:30 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Thanks so much for the meat pie recipe, Ruby. It sounds delicious. Now I'll need to get out a trusty reference book and see how hot 220 degree C. is for those of us in the USA :) This will be fun to try.

July 24, 2009 at 9:41 PM  
Blogger Ruby said...

Um..I forgot we use metric and Celsius. We call 180c moderate if that is any help. I was around in the dark ages when we used Fahrenheit but can't remember the equivalent. A lot of my trusty recipes still use old measures as they have come from Mum or some other older person.

July 24, 2009 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger DarcyLee said...

We love onions at our house and this looks very good. I have some saltines sitting in the cupboard right now that are getting stale, and I have everything else for this recipe. I may be trying this one tonight. Thanks, as always, for sharing your great recipes.

July 25, 2009 at 6:24 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Hmmm, I never had an onion pie. I love onions and put them in also everything. I bet this would be delish. A must try recipe. THANKS!!! Geri

July 25, 2009 at 5:31 PM  
Anonymous Faith said...

I am a serious onion lover, and this lovely pie looks like heaven to me!

July 26, 2009 at 11:53 AM  
Blogger Lara said...

I loved it when I saw it on Katy's blog, but now I"m positively drooling. Even my kids love onions here.

July 27, 2009 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger teresa said...

I remember seeing this on Katy's sight and thinking it looked awesome! Great job!

July 27, 2009 at 3:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Oh I love onions and this sounds really good. Thank you for all your kind comments. I made more cookies and no, I did not have any classes. Just trial and error. I will definitely have to start keeping up with all your recipes.


July 28, 2009 at 6:28 AM  
Blogger Driftwood and Pumpkin said...

Yum! That looks delish. Too bad I am the only one who likes onions in my family!

July 28, 2009 at 3:00 PM  
Anonymous Juliana said...

Onion pie...this is totally new to me. Have to give a try :-)
By the way, thank you so much for visiting my site and the sweet words.

July 28, 2009 at 7:54 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Looks and sounds delicious!

July 29, 2009 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger Karenpie said...

Hi Lynn! Oh this onion pie sounds so good! I love, love, LOVE savory pies. I big puffy pink heart them!

BTW, I tried your yummy garlic parmesan rolls and they were a hit with the fam. Have you ever tried them with cinnamon/sugar? Kind of a cinnamon roll knock-off . . .
Love your recipes!

July 29, 2009 at 4:38 PM  
Blogger Lynn said...

Karen, I'm so glad the fam liked the garlic cheese rolls. Of all the breads I've ever made, they are my very favorite. I have not tried them with cinnamon-sugar, but that's brilliant thought.

July 29, 2009 at 4:58 PM  
Blogger My Sweet Side said...

You have very inventive recipes on your blog. They sound great ! I love onions and think I'll give this one a try ! Thanks for stopping over at my blog, i appreciate your comment. It's very nice to meet you too!

July 30, 2009 at 9:49 AM  
Blogger Spryte said...

I LOVE onions! This looks great!!

August 19, 2009 at 6:21 AM  

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