Debbie Dance Uhrig
If there was a savory pie that I just adore it’s my southern style onion pie. Served with chuck roast, meatloaf and wild game it practically steals the show. There are times I look for an excuse to make this decadent dish.
If you’re not in the mood for the ‘pie’ version on this recipe, how about something a little different. Look through my recipe first, then prepare & fill a casserole pan with the onion mixture. Over the top layer flaky biscuits. Bake in the oven until the biscuits are brown and the onion mixture is bubbly. While I was setting this recipe I looked at a few onion casseroles and found people making the interior, putting it in a casserole dish and topping it with stuffing mix. That didn’t sound too shabby either.
For the pork fans I can easily see this pie with pork chops or a pork loin. I’m actually serving it this week with meatloaf, potatoes, green beans, Cole slaw, cheese biscuits and cake. Several of my cowboy friends at Silver Dollar City are heading over for dinner on Thursday. With Fall Festival drawing close to the final weeks I had to have the gang over for a home-cooked meal.
Before we know it we’ll be shopping and baking cookies for the holidays. It’s never a bad idea to start early. There’s a great deal we can start doing now to ensure a smooth transition. The best tip is to have meals prepped for the freezer. Another is to make grocery lists and buy gift ingredients while they’re on sale.
Biscuits can be made ahead of time; frozen and then bagged. Even yeast products like tea rings and cinnamon rolls can be frozen. I like to smoke cheese for friends during the holidays. It’s easy with a Cameron smoker and everyone just loves it.
Since Walmart is ending price matching days it would be a good time to pair up with friends or relatives who will share some of the shopping responsibilities.
My assistant lives by one grocery store and I reside by another. We frequently pick sale items up for each other. Here in Branson West we don’t have a Braum’s store. If one of us is headed towards Ozark or Nixa we pick up dairy products. There are times we also do this in cooking. I make a big batch of something and we split it and vice versa.
On the home-front we just finished laying new flooring in our dining room and living room. The annual Monopoly tournament wrapped up this past weekend and football play-offs have arrived. The Reeds Spring Wolves won their division last Friday so now the fun really begins. Phillip, our son, is wrapped up in school activities and fall outings. Mom and Dad are just enjoying the cool weather and quiet evenings on the home front.
Have fun with my onion pie, it will surprise your family/guests and provide an evening of conversation. Simply Yours, The Covered Dish. www.thecovereddish.com
Southern Style Onion Pie
2 pounds sweet onion, thinly sliced
4 strips hickory bacon
Reserved bacon drippings
Salt & Pepper to taste
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs, beaten
3 tablespoons flour
1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water for brushing crust
1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked
Before you begin cooking the bacon and onion make a 9-inch pie crust and crimp the edges. Mix the egg and water together and brush the inside and top edges of the pie crust with the egg wash. Set in refrigerator, if necessary until the interior of the pie is ready.
Cook four strips of bacon and remove from the skillet to drain on paper towel. Sauté the onions in the remaining drippings. When translucent remove from heat. In a separate bowl whisk the sour cream, 3 eggs, and flour together. Pour the mixture into the onions and stir to blend the sauce throughout. Salt and pepper as desired. Sprinkle parmesan cheese across the bottom of the crust, (just a nice layer). Pour the onion mixture into the pie; sprinkle additional parmesan cheese across the top. Lastly crumble the 4 strips of bacon and layer across the top. Bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes and then reduce to 350 degrees for 20 additional minutes. Lay a piece of foil across the top of the pie during the first 20 minutes or so to keep crust from overbrowning.
Serves 8 slices of Onion Pie. This is delicious served with beef and wild game.
This is one of my all-time favorite dishes. I don’t make it often at home because I figure I don’t need all the pastry. It will really please your guests and surprise them a bit along the way.