Cheddar and Ritz Cracker Vidalia Onion Pie
Cheddar and Ritz Cracker Vidalia Onion Pie
Cheddar and Ritz Cracker Vidalia Onion Pie would be great served as a side dish or alongside a grilled hamburger. This “pie” is perfect for the grilling season or anytime. I found this recipe at: The Vidalia Onion Committe, the perfect place to find a recipe for Vidalia Onion Pie. To find out more about Vidalia onions and for more fantastic recipes go to: The Vidalia Onion Committee
This recipe is really very easy to prepare. The Ritz cracker crust adds that special touch and crunch. I am definitely going to incorporate the Ritz cracker crust recipe into future recipes, its that delicious. Vidalia Onion Pie was beyond delicious. I enjoyed every single bite. Try Vidalia onion pie alongside grilled meats or as a side dish during the holiday season. Heck, serve it as the main dish.
Vidalia Onion History
Vidalia onions are the namesake of Vidalia, Georgia where they thrive. At their best, these large, pale yellow onions are exceedingly sweet and juicy. They’re usually available much of the year in regions where grown and from May through July elsewhere. In Georgia, they’re proud of their famous seasonal treat. In the 1930’s, Vidalia onion’s were discovered by accident.
While still grown with great care in Vidalia GA, you can now purchase Vidalia onions across the US and select locations in Canada. Cultivated for more than 80 years by onion growers, the Vidalia Onion is considered America’s favorite sweet onion. It takes unique conditions to grow these sweet onions. Its distinctive taste is derived from the combination of weather, water and soil uniquely found within 20 South Georgia countries.
Vidalia onions are considered seasonable. Hand planted, harvested and cured each season, the sweet, juicy bulbs are available within a limited window from April to August. Impeccable in quality, the Vidalia Onion is sweet and crisp with a distinctive flavor all its own that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world.
Considered a favorite sweet onion by chefs and home cooks everywhere, the Vidalia onion is known for its sweetness and versatility. From soups to salads to even desserts, Vidalia onions compliment any dish.
Cheddar and Ritz Cracker Vidalia Onion Pie
- 1 cup Ritz cracker crumbs
- 4 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 cups Vidalia onions, thinly sliced
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 eggs
- 3/4 cup milk
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- dash of pepper
- 1/3 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Mix Ritz crackers crumbs and melted butter.
- Press into an 8 inch pie plate.
- Saute Vidalia onions in 2 tablespoons butter until clear, but not brown.
- With slotted spoon, spoon onions onto Ritz cracker crust.
- Beat eggs with milk, salt, and pepper, pour over onions.
- Sprinkle with cheese and paprika.
- Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until firm in the center.
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71 Comments on “Cheddar and Ritz Cracker Vidalia Onion Pie”
It was fine, but not like other recipes I’ve tried, I got rid of all my cookbooks and only rely on Pinterest where all my recipes are stored.. Might be a
mistake., not sure.
I will have to make this again and see what happens. Maybe I’ll try it out on my YouTube channel and see if it turns out. Lynn
I think the problem with the crust is how the recipe is written. The ingredients list calls for 4 Tbs of butter, but the instruction does not say to use 2 Tbs in the crust, and the other 2 to saute the onions.
Read it again. 4 in crust 2 in onion sauté.
Thanks Jean, I might need a proof reader:) Lynn
Excellent!!!! I made the crust first. Baked at 350 degrees for 10 minutes. Put in the onions followed by the wet ingredients. Buttered more ritz crackers. Sprinkled on top along with the sharp cheddar cheese. It was outstanding!!! Definitely not soggy!!!
Hello Jill, I’m so glad this recipe turned out well for you! It’s an excellent recipe and one I make over and over 🙂 Lynn
Can you substitute something for the eggs or just leave them out?
Though I’ve never tried it, You could use an egg substitute. An amount that equals 2 eggs. It’s never good to leave eggs out in any recipe because they serve a specific purpose. Lynn
I wonder if a quick 10 min pre-bake BEFORE adding the onions would prevent the soggy bottom some have mentioned! This looks and sounds so good. I am on it!!
Would it help to keep the crust from getting soggy if you first bake the crust alone for a few minutes? Just an idea that has worked for me in the past with other recipes.
I make an onion dish and put white wine in it. I think adding a little wine might be good
A little white wine never hurt, I always say:)
Been making this for yrs. I solved the soggy crust by simply putting the crust on top of the onions then adding the cheese. Great casserole with any meat!
Sounds like a great idea! I’m going to have to try that:) Lynn
I made this recently and it was delicious, not soggy at all. I cooked the onions, a lot of them to use in onion soup ( killing 2 birds with one stone) and they carmelized beautifully, and sweeten right up even though I did not use sweet onions. We loved it and I will make it again for a single guy friend who is an onion fanatic – he buys 50 pound bags at the farmers market monthly and just cooks them up to eat like we would other veggies. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Definitely a new go-to!
I’m so glad to here that this recipe turned out for you! It definitely is a keeper. Tell your friend to make caramelized onion dip or our favorite, French onion soup! Onion bombs a super too:) Lynn
Well I’ve made this many times…very good!!! But the reason people’s pie crust might be soggy is because 4 tablespoons is not 1/2 cup…8 tablespoons is… so maybe they are using to much butter for crust…
You might be right! Let me recheck the recipe and I’ll get back to you. Lynn
I have not tried this recipe yet, but I wonder if the soggy crust issue could be eradicated by simply turning this recipe into a type of ‘impossible pie’. Pour the onion/egg combo into a buttered pie plate first, then use the Ritz cracker/butter/shredded cheese as an awesome topping.
Recipe states 1/2 stick not 1/2 cup.
Thanks for pointing that out! I’ll fix it. Lynn
Is there an easy “Print” button for this recipe, or do I have to copy by hand? I don’t want to leave out the beautiful photos!!
I had thought that there was an easy print option…but I’ll look into it:) Thanks for dropping by today. Thanks
Love your Recipes.
For soggy crusts, you can put 1/4 to 1/3 cup of cheese on the bottom, before adding the onions. What’s wrong with a little more cheese?
Not a darn thing Jolayne!! Since I live in the America’s Dairyland, I firmly believe in doubling the cheese in all recipes 🙂
Croyez-vous qu’il serait possible de congeler cette tarte à l’oignon ?
I don’t understand what your comment says, but if you’d write your comment in English I’d love to respond:) Lynn
She wants to know if you can freeze this afterwards:)
I personally have never tried to freeze this pie…but if anyone has, please leave a comment. We’d love to find out if it works. I think I need to make this again:) Lynn
I changed recipe slightly and did not have a soggy crust. I used 1 1/2 cups of Ritz cracker crumbs and 1/3 cup of butter. I baked it at 350 until golden, about 8 minutes. As far as the onions, I put them in a strainer and blotted them with a paper towel after sauteing. It fit perfectly in a 9 inch quiche dish. It was delicious!! Someone suggested adding bacon which sounds like a great idea!
Bacon makes Everything taste better!! I have never added bacon but what the heck, why not:) I’m going to add your suggestions to the Recipe Note at the bottom of the recipe because I think your method will be perfect for a non-soggy crust. I too blotted the onions slightly before adding them to the crust. A quiche pan would work perfectly in this recipe!! Great suggestion and one I can’t wait to try. Lynn
Just want to be sure I understand…. you put the crust in the oven first for 8 min. and then added the onions and other ingredients and baked it as usual.
This is one of my favorite recipes and I’ve been making it for more than 20 years but have nearly always had a soggy crust. (Truly a sign that we love it) But I’m going to try your idea tomorrow night. Thanks for the suggestion.
As you can read from the other comments, a soggy crust seems to be the biggest complaint. I tried to combine the suggestions and hopefully it will help!! Let us know:) Lynn
Any thoughts on making this ahead and reheating?
The crust will loose some of its crunch but the flavors actually meld together. I always make extra, refrigerate, and have it the next day either cold or reheated. Makes a great breakfast dish 🙂
You are right, the crust will use some of it’s crunch but I have reheated it the next day and it was super! And yes, its great for breakfast:) Reheat the “pie” and serve it with sunny-side up eggs, mu hubby loved it. Question? Has anyone ever tried to Freeze Cheddar and Ritz Cracker Vidalia Onion Pie?? I’d love to hear any thoughts on this. Lynn
Just like a regular pie, this should go in the oven on the lowest rack so the crust cooks up properly and you will avoid the soggy crust.
Good Morning Dawn,
Thanks so much for stopping by. I want to thank-you for your comment! I think that you are absolutely right! All pies should go in the oven on the lowest rack:) I totally forgot about that and will definitely add that to the directions:) Lynn
Why couldn’t you put the crumbs on top to eliminate the soggy crust possibility? I would think it would work ok.
Thanks for your comment:) I think you could possibly put some of the crumbs on the bottom and put some of the crumbs on the top. I haven’t made Vidalia Onion Pie for some time, but I’m going to give it a go again this weekend and see what happens:) Lynn
My crust was like Carol’s.. It was soggy…. Maybe next time I will cook the crust a little bit before adding the ingredients..
I went to the Vidalia Onion website where I originally got the recipe. I couldn’t find the recipe there:) The only thing that I would suggest is to prebake the crust slightly before filling and make sure that the pie pan you’re using is correct. Oven temperatures vary greatly also. Lynn
Very good recipe, except for the crust mine was soggy like no crunch and the ingredients only covered the bottom of the pan and I used a 8 inch
I baked it as you recommended, any ideas why those crackers would be soggy
How did you fix the crust issue?
I think Marsha has the best solution for the soggy-crust issue. Using 1 1/2 cups Ritz cracker crumbs and 1/3 cup butter. Bake at 350 for 8 minutes or so. Also, after sauteing the onions, blotting them with paper towel will remove some of the excess butter. Let me know how this method works for you:) Lynn
I love this recipe. My children have moved out and my husband died so I haven’t made it in a while. When I did, it seems like I used a glass pie pan but am not sure. I do know I cooked it on the middle rack on a sheet pan to avoid messes and my crust was never soggy. When I bake I use Imperial Butter sticks. Reason one is because stick butter has less water content. The reason I use Imperial is because it has 0% Cholesterol. I do remember that one sleeve of Ritz Crackers equals the required measurement. Kudos to the author of this recipe. Inspirational!
My kids have moved away also and it’s just my hubby and I at home now too. I’ve often though about freezing this but have never tried, yet! Lynn
OMG! This has to be one of the most delicious things I have ever tasted!!! I ate half the pie at the first sitting. Only thing I’d change is that I’d use a bigger pie plate. Mine spilled over and made a mess in my oven. I think I used more onions than recipe called for. Yummy, yummy. Will definitely make this again and again.
I grew up thinking purple onions were Vidalia, am I wrong
Purple onions or sometimes called red onions aren’t the same as Vidalia onions. Vidalia onions have yellow-white skins and flesh. Some are so sweet they can be eaten like an apple though I won’t recommend that:) Lynn
There is also a Texas sweet onion that some might find if Vidalia onions are not available.
Never heard of onion pie. Can’t wait to try! Sound delicious
It’s fantastic!! You’ll love it!
I was born and raised in north Florida and every year my grandparents made a trip to Vidalia for onions. I can remember my grandfather sitting on the front porch of their home peeling and eating a vidalia onion like one might an orange. My grandmother had a recipe very similiar to this that she made ONLY with vidalias. No other onion would do. She always said the others were not sweet enough. This recipe truly brought back a fond memory from my childhood many, many years ago.
Can you use a different kind of cracker
Certainly!! With all the wonderful new crackers on the market, the sky is the limit! Lynn
Oh, my goodness. This looks so, so delicious. I’m going to make it for Thanksgiving. I might even sprinkle some bacon on top. Sounds decadent!
That would be super!! After all, everything tastes better with bacon!! Lynn
I found a recipe for onion pie that took swiss cheese & scaled milk that you add the beaten eggs to. I put it a 8×8 pan & make sure it’s flied with onions too. Everyone loves it & never any leftovers 🙁
Mine ended up soggy based.. was wondering if I should have par baked crust before adding onions and egg mixture? Any ideas?
I am making this for the first time tonight. Does it reheat? If mine turns out I am going to make it for my next dinner party.
So sorry for the late response….back to school time Yes, it does reheat nicely…. but you probably have found that out already My hubby ate it cold!!! He said it was good cold too. Lynn
Here I thought our family were the only ones who made this fantastic onion pie! We love love it! I loves sharing it with others who have never heard of it! They end up loving it too
One of our “all thyme” favorites:) The cheddar cheese, Vidalia onions and the Ritz cracker crust…I’m making myself hungry
I can't wait to try your Onion Pie, this looks awesome! Hope you are having a great week and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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Thanks Miz Helen!
You'll have to make this using delicious
sweet onions from Texas:)
HI Lynn, this cheesy pie look very inviting. Look really good, I don't mind to have a huge slice. :))
Thanks for sharing.
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