Quiche-style Classic Onion Pie recipe

An updated classic from the 1950s, this Onion Pie recipe — really a quiche — can be served as a light meal or savory side.

Before you cook

A few tips:

  • One medium onion equals about 1 cup chopped onion, so you will need about five onions for this recipe.
  • When buying your onions, look for dry outer skins free of spots or blemishes. The onion should be heavy for its size with no scent.
  • Finally, when sauteing the onions, always use low or medium heat, because high heat makes onions bitter.
Quiche-style Classic Onion Pie recipe

5 cups onion, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup ham, diced
1 cup low fat Swiss cheese, grated
3 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 dash cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3 eggs
1 cup milk
1 9-inch unbaked pie shell


Saute onions in olive oil until tender and translucent. Add ham and grated cheese. Combine sugar and flour with seasonings, and add to slightly beaten eggs.

Add milk to egg mixture. Put sauteed onion, ham, and cheese in a pie shell; pour milk and egg mixture over onions.

Bake in preheated oven at 425 degrees for 35 minutes or until custard is set and golden brown. Serve warm.

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