Bacon Onion Pie

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By Shelia Lia

Ingredients:
Crust:
1 cup cheese cracker crumbs (We used Cheese-Its crackers)
¼ cup melted butter, melted
3 to 4 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, drippings reserved
2 tablespoons poppy seed (optional)

Pie Filling:
3 cups onion, sliced thinly
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
3 eggs, slightly beaten
½ teaspoon pepper
6 to 8 slices of bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 cup milk

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine first 4 ingredients and press into 8-inch pie plate.  Bake for 10 minutes and set aside.  In a large saute pan, saute onion slices in reserved bacon drippings until tender.  In a small thick bottom saucepan scald milk. (Note: Scalding means bringing the milk nearly to a boil, being sure to stir so the proteins of the milk don’t stick to the bottom of the pan.) In a medium mixing bowl beat eggs and add salt and pepper to taste.  Temper the eggs by slowly adding the scalded milk to the egg mixture while whisking. (Note: Tempering is a term used for gradually bringing the temperature of the two mixtures together.)

To assemble pie place cooked onions on top of baked crust.  Now add crumbled bacon and grated cheese.  Pour egg mixture on top and bake 45 minutes or until the egg mixture is firm.  Allow the pie to set 10 minutes after baking.  This will make the pie easy to slice. 

Notes From Paula Deen’s Test Kitchen:  We found the crust to be crumbly and increased the butter by 1 tablespoon to prevent.  Held up well in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.  A big hit in the test kitchen.  You will love this dish!

Servings: 8 pieces
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

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I made this dish hoping it would be good enough for a family reunion the following week.  My family went nuts over this….I made it for the family reunion and everyone wanted the recipe.  It does take a while to prepare but the taste is worth the wait.

By Danna on August 10, 2010

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Add a few spoonfuls of parmesan cheese to the flour and cornmeal breading and it kicks the tomatoes up another notch. Bev
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I just bought Paula's Peach Salad Dressing and wondered if anyone has a good recipe that they use it in?
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