The English are famous for their savory pies, and Cheese and Onion Pie is no exception. Its simple ingredients of tender cooked onions and sharp cheddar cheese encased in a flaky crust create an amazing pie. One taste and you’ll be hooked!
I originally made this delicious pie in February of 2014 after watching a British cooking show that featured Cheese and Onion Pie. Who should walk in while I was watching the show but the Master Taste Tester! He commented that his mother and grandmother used to make cheese and onion pie, and that he really liked it. Therefore, I decided to give it a try, and have been making it ever since. Therefore, I thought that I would update the original post with new photographs and edited text.
The cheese that the recipe called for was Lancashire cheese, which I knew I would not be able to get. I did a bit of research and found that I could use an extra sharp cheddar cheese in place of the Lancashire cheese. It worked like a charm!
Ingredients for Cheese and Onion Pie
In addition to the cheese and onions,I used unsalted butter, Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, and store-bought pie crusts. I also used a little bit of milk for sealing and glazing the pastry.
Cooking the Onions for the Cheese and Onion Pie
I lined an 8-inch tart pan with one of the pieces of pie crust, leaving excess dough overhanging the edge. I used a fork to prick the bottom. When the onions had cooled, I spooned half of them into the tart pan. Then I covered the onions with half of the shredded cheese. Next, I added the remaining onions and cheese. Finally, I brushed the edges of the overhanging pastry with milk.
I topped the pie with the other piece of pie crust. Then, I pressed the edges together to form a seal. Next, I trimmed the excess pastry, and used the tins of a fork to further seal the top and bottom pieces of the pie crust together.
I decorated the top of the pie with the point of a knife to make a lattice effect, being careful to not cut all the way through the crust. Then, I made several small cuts in the center of the pie using the point of a sharp knife. Finally, I brushed the top with some milk.
I baked the pie in a preheated 350° F oven for about 50 minutes, until it was golden brown. I removed the pie from the oven and let it cool for about 30 minutes before unmolding it and cutting it into serving pieces.
I’ve made pie many times since early 2014, always with superb results. Tonight was no exception. Yum!
Cheese and Onion Pie
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 cups onions, roughly sliced (2 to 3 large onions, 1 ½ pounds total)
- ½ teaspoon Kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 2 pieces store-bought pie crust
- 2 cups (8 ounces) extra sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (See Note 1)
- Preheat the oven to 350° F.
- Heat the butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add onions. Add salt and pepper. Cover skillet and cook the onions for 10 minutes. Remove cover and continue cooking onions, stirring occasionally until most of liquid has evaporated, about 10 minutes. Avoid allowing the onions to brown. Remove the onions, spread out onto a plate and set aside to cool.
- Line an 8-inch tart pan with one of the pie crusts, leaving any excess pastry over-hanging the edge.
- Cover the base of the pie with half of the onions and then cover with half of the shredded cheese. Repeat the layering process until all of the mixture is used up.
- Brush the edges of the pie crust with milk and place the other piece of pie crust on top. Seal the edges by pressing them together lightly before trimming any excess over-hang. Brush the surface of the pie with milk. Make three or four small incisions into the center of the pie using the point of a sharp knife and, if you wish, further decorate to make a lattice effect.
- Place the pie into the oven and bake for 50 minutes, or until golden-brown. Remove from the oven and leave for a good 30 minutes before unmolding and cutting into generous wedges. Serve the pie warm or at room temperature (See Note 2).
- Yield: 4 servings.
Chula's Expert Tips
- You can use either white or yellow extra sharp Cheddar cheese.
- You should not serve this pie piping hot. Otherwise, the melted cheese will go everywhere!