23 November 2008

Opie's Opinion On Onion Pie

Opie Opines
(And he's not at all shy.)
when Opal sets out her
Onion Pie.

Onion Pie?
Onion Pie?
I don't like the taste of
Onion Pie!

Feed me some peanuts,
or dead men's eyes.
Just stay away with that
Onion Pie!


1/2 cup unsalted butter
2-3 cups onions, thinly sliced (sweet onions are best)
3 large eggs, beaten
1 cup heavy cream, cold
3 TBS all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper, ground
1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
Ready-made pie crust, with insides brushed with egg yolk and cold water.


1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Over medium-low heat, melt butter.
3. Add onions and saute until translucent. (maybe 20 minutes)
4. Whisk together eggs, cream, and flour.
5. Add onion mixture and cream; combine.
6. Season with salt and pepper and pour into chilled pie crust.
7. Bake for 20 minutes.
8. Reduce oven temperature to 325 degrees F, and sprinkle of some Parmesan over top.
9. Bake for the another 20 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean.

The disulfides and mycotoxins in onions (leeks, chives, and garlic, too) make them poisonous to many animals, like cats, dogs, and birds.

[click on image to enlarge]


Alina Chau said...


TenaciousK said...

I love it!

I may have to try your recipe. I also like to bake a sweet onion, cut in half, with a little balsamic vinegar, butter and salt/pepper.


steve said...

Damn, you make me hungry. This is a beautiful piece btw!

Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

I have never eaten onion pie! It sounds good. I shall protect Alex from onions leeks, chives, and garlic, although I doubt that he would trade his favorite cat food for any of them.

Ben There said...

No offense but "Onion Pie" just sounds horrifying. Makes me beat my breast just thinking about it.

studio lolo said...

I adore Opie! Thanks for mentioning the toxicity of onions regarding our furry friends. Back in the day we fed baby food to geriatric cats and dogs and one of the main ingredients was oninon powder! Today we're wiser, and most baby food companies have removed the culprit so we can safely offer the food.

Thanks for the visit. Always so nice to see you!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Many blessings!

fat B said...

Your blackbird is lovely.

Catnapping said...

Alina: Thank you. It's good to see you. Your work is beautiful as ever.

TK: Roasted Onion, yES! soooo good.

steve: This is a perfect time of the year for anything baked. Toasts up a kitchen very nicely. And there's something about the smell of onions that makes me hungry for all kinds of foods.

Nick: Fortunately cats don't eat things they don't like the smell of. Dogs'll inhale anything that might be food...and birds can't really tell...but cats...it's a good thing they're so picky.

Ben: It's really more of a quiche...but not so fancy-lookin'. And of course, not a good idea for that first date.

Studio: Thank you. I made him with coloured pencils: black, cool grey, blue-green, mahogany, and pine green...but then I used Paintshop Pro to blend a little more...and I drew the pie and onions with my mouse...

I think my favorite thing to draw is birds. Cartoon, conceptual...and these attempts at realistic...all feel good to me. I'm glad you like him. I do too, mostly.

fatB: Thank you.

Archaeopteryx said...

Gorgeous bird. He looks like a European blackbird to me (related to our robins). And "onion pie" sounds like European food. So, you're going all continental on us?

hipparchia said...

mmmmmm, yummy! how did you know it's my turn this year to come up with a vegetable dish for the thanksgiving feast?

[word verification = debones. i kid you not.]

Mick said...

An onion pie? Who'd a'thunked it!

Catnapping said...

archaeopteryx: now that being american is something i can once again be proud of? no waaaaay.

hipparchia: hope there are no kissin' cuzzins there.(wait. it just occured to me...giblets probably don't smell so hot on the breath either.)

good thing thanksgiving is a family holiday...

mick: it's amazing the stuff that taste better when you put a crust around it. (okra comes immediately to mind...fried in cornflour...it's like millions of tiny pie crusts surrounding otherwise inedible nose drippings.)

Catnapping said...

clarification...not to compare okra with onions...

cuz i happen to like the taste and texture of onions.

just soz we're clear.

Thomas Paine said...

Sounds really good -- I have a favorite quiche recipe that is very similar. Have not made it in a rather long while, so perhaps it is time to remedy that.

Happy Thanksgiving, all.

Catnapping said...

mr. paine: my favorite quiche that i ever had was made with spinach and ricotta...and itsy bits of bacon (and i think a dash of nutmeg). i tried to reproduce it by speculations and notion, but there was something missing.

what came out was tasty, but not as good as whatever i'd eaten at the restaurant...(can't remember the name, but it was in portland OR, 1993).

ValGalArt said...

you are not just a pretty face you cook too :) i love this!

Steve Bates said...

No onion pie?
For goodness' sake...
It's got to be better
Than onion cake!

- SB the YDD

tsduff said...

Now you must tell me how you manage to get the exact beautiful details (back foot claw, upturned tail, pretty bright beak etc.)... and well blow me down. I didn't know onions were toxic to birds or other animals... I want that picture. How about a quick Spock move to my brain to inject some of that talent into my empty art bin...

I love onions - in every way there could possibly be. Thanks for the receipe ;)

painter girl said...

Love love love the bird on the pie, the poem, everything. I can't wait to try the onion pie too! Thanks for the recipe.