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From Liguria with love… Here is the onion pie!

Onion cake

Ligurian onion pie is a quick and easy appetizer to make, with a light outer dough and a creamy, flavorful filling.

A thin wrapper of puff pastry encloses a creamy filling with a unique flavor. The Genoese onion pie is a typical product of Italy, handed down from generation to generation. The preparation is very simple, because you just need to create a common puff pastry or brisée and stuff it with this delicious vegetable with a sweet aftertaste. The result is a savory pie that will conquer your palate at the first taste. The original recipe for this quick cake involves adding prescinsöa in the filling. It is a very creamy cheese typical of the area. If you can’t get it, however, you can replace it with robiola .

Onion cake
Onion cake

Preparation of the recipe for onion pie

  1. For the shortcrust pastry , pour the flour into a bowl. Add the oil and water, completing with a pinch of salt.
  2. Knead everything until you get an elastic mixture.
  3. Shape it into a block and wrap it in cling film. Let it rest for 30 minutes.
  4. For the filling, wash and peel the onions. Cut them into thin slices.
  5. Fill the bottom of a pan with a drizzle of oil.
  6. Add a pinch of salt and the chopped onions. Let it dry for 15 minutes , stirring occasionally.
  7. Afterwards, let it cool and transfer to a bowl.
  8. Add the robiola, grated Parmesan and 1 egg and season with salt and pepper. Jumbled up.
  9. Take the dough and divide it into two parts (one slightly larger than the other). Roll out the largest one with a rolling pin, to obtain a suitable sheet to cover the bottom and edges of the pan (in which you will cook the rustic pie with onions).
  10. Grease the mold and place this sheet on top. Pour the stuffing with onions inside.
  11. Roll out the other half of the dough and cover the cake with this second sheet, folding the edges to close it.
  12. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 ° C for 45 minutes .


Presented at the table, this savory onion pie will be a real hit. You can also keep it in the fridge , covered, for 2-3 days .

Alternatively, try the delicious onion tarte tatin .

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