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Leek & Onion Pie

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Growing up in a home where pizza was considered “junk food” and therefore not allowed, I quickly become an avid reader so that I could get my pizza fix through Pizza Hut’s “Book It!” program.  I read my little tail off to earn those delicious personal pan-sized pepperoni pizzas.  At first the reading was a means to an end (I was a deprived child who needed pizza!), but it quickly became a pleasure and reward in itself.  I lost myself in books–they captivated my imagination and I spent almost every free minute reading, even while in school, so that at the end of fourth grade I received an award from my teacher for being the “class bookworm.”

The book(s) that had the most impact on me was the Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder.  I would wake up as early as possible before school so that I could sneak down to the kitchen and read until everyone else woke up and the bus came to pick me up.  My captivation with early pioneer life became so intense during that time that even to this day, I’m convinced I was meant to be a pioneer woman and still long for a much harder and simpler life in a tiny log cabin with a butter churn and pot-bellied stove.

What does my love for reading and The Little House on the Prairie books have to do with Leek and Onion Pie, you might ask?  Well, it just so happens that the recipe comes from the author of my favorite childhood books–Laura Ingalls Wilder herself.  When I found out Mrs. Wilder had a cookbook, I was beyond ecstatic, let me tell you.  It was published long after her death, but all the recipes in it come from her own personal recipe collection, many written in her own hand.  Having become so enamored of cooking and baking, reading it captivated me nearly as much as the books about her pioneer life!

I found this pie is every bit as enchanting as the books I grew up reading.  Not enchanting in any refined or gourmet sort of way, but in a simple, rustic, and completely comforting way.  This is the kind of food I was meant to grow up on.  It’s the kind of food I was meant to make for my own family.  Thankfully, food is timeless and there is no reason why I can’t.

Leek & Onion Pie

Printable recipe
Printable recipe with picture

1 refrigerated pie crust or your favorite homemade recipe
1 egg white
6 slices bacon
1 leek, sliced, white part only
2 cups diced onions
2 eggs
1 cup milk
½ cup cheddar cheese
¼ cup Monterey jack cheese

Line a 9” pie plate with crust, place a sheet of parchment paper on top and fill the parchment with dried beans. Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove parchment and beans and poke crust all over with a fork, then return to oven for ten minutes. Remove and brush the inside with egg white to seal. The residual heat will cook the egg white and turn it opaque. If the crust is not hot enough to cook the seal, return to the oven for a minute or until opaque.

Chop up the bacon and cook over medium-high heat until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain. Pour off all but two teaspoons of the bacon grease. Cook onions in the grease over medium heat until wilted but not browned, stirring occasionally, about ten minutes.

Whisk the eggs and milk together in a medium bowl, then stir in the onions and bacon. Pour into prepared crust, sprinkle with the cheeses, and bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until center is set. To test, gently shake the pie to see if it jiggles. Remove and cool on a rack for a few minutes before cutting. Serve warm.

Adapted from The Laura Ingalls-Wilder Country Cookbook.

About Veronica

I have a kitchen addiction and love to collect & share recipes. My passion is baking but I love to cook as well. The only thing I don't like to do in the kitchen is wash dishes, but my husband generally does them for me in exchange for his dinner.

14 responses »

  1. Wow! I am a huge fan of LHOP too! I’ve read the books many times and am reading them with my kids. We are actually getting the series on Netflix, one per week and the kids love them. We use them often in illustrations in their school as I homeschool and we are learning about the late 1800’s after the civil war times.

    Another eerie thing, I JUST went to a Laura Ingalls website last week and found this recipe book and bookmarked it. Clearly we are on the same wavelength!

    Now, I’ve never tried leeks, though I’m sure they are good. How different are they from onions?


    • Yes, clearly we are! If you like onions, you will like leeks. They are very similar but more mild and less pungent. So perhaps even people who don’t like onions might like leeks. The original recipe called for 3 cups of onions and no leeks, so you could do that if you don’t want to bother with the leek.


  2. I like this story alot! i never knew she had a cookbook, though it would make perfect sense.
    Looks so delish…


  3. Oooh, love leeks! Definitely a must try!


  4. I love any pie that starts with bacon…or eggs…

    I have to find that cookbook, I think I would like it too!


  5. Hello Veronica,

    I visit your blog regularly and like your simple tips on good home style cooking. I am a vegetarian, but am intrigued by this onion and leek pie. I think i will avoid the bacon and try it.

    And it is amazing to note that Laura INgalls Wilder is your favourite and her book Little hOuse was your childhood favourite. I grew up in East Africa where our weekend staple was watching the televised version of this book in a series called Little HOuse on the Prairie. Brings back amazing memories.



  6. Another reason I like you so much – I think I was born in the wrong time period too – I barely know how to use my cell phone.

    Whenever I bake bread from scratch and knead the dough, I sometimes wonder what it would have been like to be on a farm, having been up for a couple hours tending to the cows and chickens – what an idyllic life that would be!

    But I have to say I just barfed up my breakfast at the thought of leek and onion pie! :D (no offense!)


    • I love you! You know, I’ve always wanted to go on those PBS shows where they recreate a time period and people really live as if they’re a part of it. Sorry about the onions–I knew you wouldn’t be a fan. :)


  7. I had no idea she wrote a cookbook! I was so sad the other day b/c I was having a discussion with my best friend about her daughter (our God-daughter) and what she was reading. My friend asked if I had read the Twilight series and if I thought it was too old for her! She is in the fifth grade!!!! I suggested Little House! :) My, I think they are growing up way too fast!


  8. I was voted ‘class bookworm’ my senior year, and I too loved the Laura Ingalls books. I recently found frozen pre-sliced leeks at Trader Joes, I might need to make this, it looks awesome.


  9. So I did 1st grade in the U.S.A. and I totally did the Book-It program thingy! With that purple pin! I even remember my Pizza Hut reward–it was an awesome program. As for Laura Ingalls Wilder, I will always love her. =)


  10. This pie sounds like pure comfort and deliciouness! I loved the Little House on the Prairie TV show. I couldn’t get enough of it as a kid.



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