Cheddar and Onion Cracker Pie {Secret Recipe Club}

by Dorothy Reinhold on May 24, 2015

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A wedge of savory, oniony pie for lunch? Yes please, is all I have to say.

Well, maybe I have a few more things to say. Caramelized onions stuffed with cheese in a Ritz cracker crust, held together with eggs, perfumed with smoked paprika and showered with parsley for pretty.

Toss yourself a green salad alongside and you’ll have dinner.

Savory Cheddar and Onion Cracker Pie recipe on

Cheddar and Onion Cracker Pie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 50 minutes

Yield: Serves 6.

Savory onion-cheese pie in a cracker crust makes a deeply satisfying lunch or dinner, along with a fresh green salad.


  • Crust
  • 1 cup Ritz cracker, crushed into crumbs (1 sleeve crackers)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Filling
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups sweet onions (such as Vidalia or Maui), thinly sliced (1 big 12-ounce onion)
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) sharp cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Dash pepper
  • Smoked paprika
  • Garnish: Italian parsley, chopped


  1. Heat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a bowl, mix cracker crumbs and melted butter. Press into an 8-inch pie plate.
  3. Heat oil in a large skillet. Sauté onions for about 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Spoon onions into pie crust, then sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Pour milk into a 2-cup measuring cup. Add eggs, salt and pepper. Whisk and pour over onions in pie dish. Sprinkle lightly with paprika.
  5. Bake for 30 minutes, or until firm in the center. Remove from oven, slice into wedges and serve, with parsley sprinkled on top for a garnish.
  6. Serves 6.


Recipe source: Slightly adapted from Turnips 2 Tangerines, who got it from The Vidalia Onion Committee.

Note: She recommends it alongside a burger instead of potato salad. That's an interesting idea!

Ingredients ready for Cheddar and Onion Cracker Pie on ShockinglyDelicious.comI found this recipe on Turnips 2 Tangerines, a food blog written by Lynn from northern Wisconsin.  We have a number of parallels. Her motto in life matches mine: “Life is too short not to eat good food.” We both grew up in the ’60s and ’70s, took Home Ec in 7th grade and loved the cooking aspect, and are happiest in the kitchen cooking something.

Onions caramelizing for Cheddar and Onion Cracker Pie on ShockinglyDelicious.comAs I browsed her site, I found a number of recipes I want to try. Helloooo Tortellini Salad! And now that watermelon season is coming, her Old Fashioned Watermelon Rind Pickles are calling my name. I hate throwing away anything, so tossing the rind is anathema to me. (Bonus: she has watermelon music you can listen to on her post!). Take a trip over there and see what intrigues YOU.

Cheddar and Onion Cracker Pie ready to bake on ShockinglyDelicious.comI was assigned her blog as part of Secret Recipe Club, a sort of secret-Santa project for food bloggers. We are to quietly explore and cook for a month from this secret blog, and today is our reveal day of the recipe we have chosen to present.

Cheddar and Onion Cracker Pie recipe on ShockinglyDelicious.comThanks, Lynn, for lots of inspiration this month, and for the delicious ideas.

Meanwhile, browse the photo array below to see what else the Secret Recipe Club cooked up this month.

{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

Sippitysup May 28, 2015 at 9:07 am

I grew up on similar pie. My mom called it poor man’s quiche. Hers may have had eggs in it, but it definitely had a “ritzy” crust. GREG


Dorothy Reinhold May 28, 2015 at 12:33 pm

Now that you say that, it does seem like a poor man’s quiche. That’s an even better title for it!


Lynsey @ Lynsey Lou's May 28, 2015 at 8:57 am

I love the idea of this pie with a cracker crust! It sounds delish! Happy (late) reveal day!


Rebekah Rose Hills May 27, 2015 at 7:30 am

What a fantastic dish!! Happy (belated) reveal day – what a beautiful choice to share. 🙂


Sue Lau May 26, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Looks like quite a nice quiche. I love quiche with crust, whether it is pastry or cracker, it’s all good. You have made this one look special. Great choice for reveal day!


Tara May 26, 2015 at 8:52 am

This looks perfect! I don’t have savory pies in my life nearly enough. Will definitely be adding this one to the list. Great pick this month!


Dorothy Reinhold May 26, 2015 at 9:37 am

Thanks Tara!


Emily @ Life on Food May 26, 2015 at 5:31 am

This looks great. I love savory tarts. Sounds delicious and looks perfect for a nice lunch get together with friends.


Couscous & Consciousness May 26, 2015 at 1:06 am

Yum – this is a delicious looking tart – would be perfect for a lovely autumn lunch I think. I’m loving the idea of the cracker crust – great choice.


Traci May 25, 2015 at 8:37 pm

What a beautiful looking pie! I love the combination of flavors. Great SRC pick and hope you had a great Memorial Day.


Hillary May 25, 2015 at 7:51 pm

wow!!! I made this tonight as an easy dinner after the long weekend. (I snapshotted the pic when I saw it posted and said THIS I WILL ACTUALLY MAKE… versus most things that I pin and forget about) That ritz cracker crush was amazing. Definitely simple, but that is good here. I could see this with a kale salad as dinner. Bringing it for lunch this week!!

PS you could call this CRACK PIE!!!


Dorothy Reinhold May 26, 2015 at 9:41 am

Ha, you made it already? You ROCK! So, so glad you loved it, and yeah, anything with the word Ritz in it is good with me. 🙂 Absolutely YES to serving it with a kale salad. Thanks for your enthusiasm!


Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm May 25, 2015 at 3:22 pm

I love the ritz cracker crust on this quiche. YUMMO!! Good choice Dorothy.


Dorothy Reinhold May 25, 2015 at 5:01 pm

Thanks Wendy!


Sarah E. May 25, 2015 at 11:03 am

Is it bad that all I can think of is topping that with a delicious bruschetta? I love cheese and onions together and tomato seems like the perfect topping to add a little juicy bite to it 🙂

Great pick for reveal day!


Dorothy Reinhold May 25, 2015 at 11:53 am

I would TOTALLY make a tomato-cuke salad to pile on top! What a great idea!


Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily May 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

Loving all of the onions in this pie! I don’t know if I could share it 😉


Dorothy Reinhold May 25, 2015 at 11:53 am

Caramelized onions just make EVERYTHING better, don’t they?


Kathryn @ FoodieGirlChicago May 25, 2015 at 10:21 am

I love caramelized onions! This sounds delicious – thanks for sharing.


Liz May 25, 2015 at 8:36 am

Thank you for the nice recipe, Dorothy. Have a great day.


Dorothy Reinhold May 25, 2015 at 9:47 am

Hope you are having a great 3-day weekend!


Cali May 25, 2015 at 6:50 am

Looks wonderful. I love white cheeses, do you think brick or something of this type would work?


Dorothy Reinhold May 25, 2015 at 7:08 am

Brick? What is brick?


Gwen @SimplyHealthyFamily May 25, 2015 at 10:52 am

maybe she ment Brie??? ;}


Dorothy Reinhold May 25, 2015 at 11:53 am

Maybe you’re right!


Karen May 25, 2015 at 5:29 am

Cheese and pie, that is my kinda recipe! LOVE it! What a fab seasonal recipe for SRC too! Karen


Dorothy Reinhold May 25, 2015 at 5:38 am

Thanks Karen! I enjoyed this for lunch several days in a row.


Melissa May 25, 2015 at 5:11 am

Anything with caramelized onions is a winner in my book. I bet this would even be great cut into little wedges as an appetizer to share at a party! Excellent pick this month 🙂


Dorothy Reinhold May 25, 2015 at 5:39 am

You are right, you could cut it small for a party app. Great idea!


Sally Newton May 25, 2015 at 5:00 am

Holy smokes, this is incredible! Very creative recipe, you picked a great concoction for your assignment this month

hope you are having a nice time surfing the collection….


Karen @ Karen's Kitchen Stories May 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm

This looks and sounds delicious!!!


Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines May 24, 2015 at 9:58 pm

Happy Reveal Day and Happy Memorial Day~ Let me know how you like the Watermelon Rind Pickles….we loved them:) Glad you liked the pie.. Lynn @ Turnips 2 Tangerines


Dorothy Reinhold May 25, 2015 at 5:40 am

I happen to have a watermelon on my counter for Memorial Day today, and am waiting for my son to eat it. Next up…watermelon pickles!


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