Onion Pie With Lavender – It’s Pie Time!

Sound strange? I thought so too. It’s pie time again and Elizabeth of Cake or Death picked “herbs and spices” as the theme for this month for the “You Want Pies With That?” group. This was the toughest theme yet for me. I have a pantry full of herbs and spices and I can follow a recipe well, but when it comes to knowing what to put with what, I’m pretty clueless. On my pie quest, I came across a recipe that was printed in the Washington Post. It calls for lavender to complement an onion, bacon, egg, and cheese dish. I like the scent of lavender on my skin, but on my quiche or strata – that I wasn’t sure of. This was clearly a departure for me, as my pies are usually as sweet as can be, but every once in awhile I have to shock people and venture into new territory.

I tweaked the original recipe a tad and used a frozen premade pie shell. Cheater, cheater, I know, but sometimes you have to let go of something and this month I refuse to have guilt about my store bought pie shell.

Listen up ladies, did you know that lavender has other appeal? Medical science may convince you to try this pie, and no I’m not going to get on my SuperFood bandwagon. Dr. Allen Hirsch, neurological director of the Smell and Taste Research and Treatment Foundation has studied for years how and why men and women respond to specific scents and tastes. He figures out what scent combinations most arouse men and women. In one of his most publicized studies, he found that men respond most strongly to a mix of two scents, and of of them is lavender. Can anyone name the mystery fragrance? I’ll reveal it in a recipe I post early next week. This dish may get your man to snuggle up to you, but will your onion breath counteract that attraction? Hmmm… You’ll have to let me know. 

This pie is pretty yummy. I loved the combination of the grilled onions, bacon, and eggs. Next time around, I’ll change the cheese and not use as much. My girlfriend is a cheese conniosseur, and liked the gorgonzola in the pie, but agreed it was a little overpowering. I went easy on the lavender this first time around. I was afraid too much would make it bitter. It definitely was not bitter and added to the sweetness of the carmelized onions. I added a little nutmeg, salt, and pepper for flavor. I cut back on the onions by using just one cup. This was plenty. I increased the bacon, because you can never have too much bacon and used one teaspoon of lavender instead of two. Head on over to “You Want Pies With That?” when you have a chance to see what everyone came up with.


Onion Pie With Lavender, Bacon, and Cheese (adapted from Andreas Viestad)

·     1 unbaked 9-inch pie shell (homemade or store-bought; use deep-dish shell if purchased)

·     2 large eggs

·     3/4 cup whole milk or cream

·     1 cups Caramelized Onions (see related recipe)

·     1 ½ cup bacon, diced, cooked and drained

·     Pinch of nutmeg

·     Salt and pepper to taste

·     1 teaspoons food-grade dried lavender

·     4 to 8 ounces blue cheese, such as gorgonzola, crumbled

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake the pie shell for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden. Let it cool.

Whisk together the eggs, milk or cream, nutmeg, salt, and pepper 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 pie in the oven on the lower rack. Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 20 to 30 minutes or until almost set, but slightly soft in the middle. Let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


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11 Responses to Onion Pie With Lavender – It’s Pie Time!
  1. Karyl
    March 13, 2009 | 6:02 am

    Mmmmmmm! I bet your kitchen smelled heavenly!

  2. Kate
    March 13, 2009 | 7:14 am

    It’s funny you should say that. I thought my house smelled yummy, but Blake came home from school, opened the front door, and literally started gagging. Karyl, I thought he was going to throw up. When he caught his breath, he asked me what that, “disgusting” smell was. The boy is so much like his dad, it’s scary!

  3. food librarian
    March 13, 2009 | 6:33 pm

    How wonderful!!! I love the mix of lavender and onion!

  4. Elizabeth - Cake or Death?
    March 14, 2009 | 6:35 pm

    This sounds great! It’s a combination I never would have thought of on my own, but I can totally see it working.

  5. Libby
    March 15, 2009 | 4:53 am

    I love the savory and sweet combo! (I’m constantly caramelizing sweet onions, the smell is usually what lets everyone know dinner is on the way.) Do you think it was the gorgonzola that sent your guys the other way? I hope it wasn’t your other mystery ingredient for attraction!

  6. ellen
    March 15, 2009 | 6:10 am

    Wow, this combination sounds so interesting. I’ve never had lavender with savory foods before, only sweet. Definitely an inspiration!

  7. jane of many trades
    March 15, 2009 | 9:37 am

    lavender is such a great addition to many sweet and savory dishes. this sounds like one i will have to try!

  8. Debbie
    March 15, 2009 | 1:40 pm

    I also chose to use lavender in a savory dish. But my research failed to turn up the “romantic” facts associated with lavender! Thanks for giving us the scoop! Your tart sounds like one I would make.

  9. Jacque
    March 15, 2009 | 5:50 pm

    Hmmm, I might just have to try it out on hubs to see what he says. Somehow I just can’t imagine my manly man responding to lavendar, LOL.

    Your pie looks fantastic!

  10. Suz
    March 16, 2009 | 2:37 am

    It’s certainly something I would have never thought of off the top of my head but it makes sense that it would produce a very fragrant and interesting flavor. Plus, you have a nice breakfast treat!

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