Friday, September 27, 2013


makes 4 to 6 servings

1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell (homemade or store-bought; use deep-dish shell if purchased)
2 large eggs
1/2 cup whole milk or cream
2 cups caramelized onions (recipe below)
4 ounces bacon, diced, cooked and drained
2 teaspoons food-grade dried lavender
4 to 8 ounces blue cheese, such as gorgonzola, crumbled

Caramelized Onions; makes about 2 cups
2 pounds yellow onions
1 to 2 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 teaspoons sugar
2 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional)

Halve the onions, remove the tough outer layers and cut the onion halves into thin slices.

Place the onion slices in a plastic bowl, sprinkle with salt and sugar, and toss. Set aside for at least 10 minutes. (There is no maximum time, although some unwanted but harmless browning may occur after a couple of hours.)

Melt the butter, if desired, over medium heat in a wide iron pot or skillet. Add the onion. Reserve any liquid left in the bowl. Cook over medium heat under close observation, stirring or tossing often with a spatula, until the first browning is visible. Reduce the heat and add the liquid from the bowl. For the best result, reduce the heat to very low, cover the pot and cook for an hour or more, stirring every 10 minutes or so. For a shorter process, reduce the heat to medium-low and cook under close observation for about 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the pie shell for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden. Let it cool.
Whisk together the eggs and milk or cream in a medium bowl. Add the onions and bacon, whisk to combine and pour the mixture into the baked pie crust. Sprinkle with the lavender and crumbled blue cheese.

Place the pie in the oven on the lower rack. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until almost set but still slightly soft in the middle. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Andreas Viestad, for The Washington Post, April 16, 2008

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