Holiday Edition: Onion Pie/Quiche-ish (Pastel de Cebolla)

!! Before scrolling down and ignoring this recipe. This is delicious! No worries, it doesn’t have that icky onion taste or doesn’t leave that smell in your mouth (trust me). It’s a savory side dish from Ecuador for holidays, parties, gettys, or just a dinner for the family. It’s cheesy which I’m sure you like….Right? Try this recipe out for these upcoming holidays…It’ll be a hit!

Makes for 6-8 Servings


For Dough: (Can use also store-bought pie/quiche dough, just roll out and place on top of filling)

  • 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour and some extra so dough doesn’t stick.
  • 2 Egg Yolks, beaten
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy Cream (cold)
  • 2 Tbsp White Sugar
  • Salt, pinch
  • 225 g (2 sticks) Unsalted Butter, diced (cold)
  • PAM/Butter for greasing baking pan

For Filling:

  • 2 pounds (3 big) White Onions, sliced
  • 2-3 Tbsp Butter (for cooking onions)
  • 3 Tbsp White Sugar
  • 3 Tbsp Heavy Cream
  • 1 Egg, beaten
  • 1 3/4 cup white cheese (queso fresco), grated (can use mozzerella, swiss, or gruyere)
  • 1 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano (Parmesan) Cheese, grated



In a bowl or on your kitchen counter combine the flour,sugar, and salt. Using a pastry scraper/blender, cut the butter into the flour mixture until mixture resembles a coarse cornmeal. Then form a well in the middle.

Add the egg yolks in the middle and using a fork, stir in the heavy cream just until dough comes together nicely. Form pastry into a semi-flat square and let chill in the refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit


Saute onions with butter in a pan until most of the moisture is evaporated, about 8-10 minutes. Then add in the heavy cream and sugar and let cook for 5 minutes. Onions will start to caramelize.

Turn heat off, add in both cheeses and the egg, mix well. (mmmm cheesiness) Set aside.

Take pastry dough out of refrigerator and roll it out onto a lightly floured work surface into a circle/square/rectangle a little bit bigger than your baking pan (I used a 9in round pan). Place filling in the pre-greased baking pan and top with the pastry dough. Design pie however you’d like with the extra dough (little leaves, hearts, circles, etc) Brush egg wash (1 egg and a little bit of milk or water) on top and bake for 40-45 minutes, until golden. Serve warm.

Oh I’m sure you’ll ENJOY.



About Sherlly

I love food.
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3 Responses to Holiday Edition: Onion Pie/Quiche-ish (Pastel de Cebolla)

  1. Lindsay Maitland Hunt says:

    Looks delicious Sherlly! I want a slice right now!



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