Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Red onion and caciocavallo, the Mediterranean pie for vegetarians

Do you know how to prepare a red onion pie with caciocavallo cheese? Some years ago a lady taught me some very fast but tasty recipes to do when you are tired or you don't have ideas about what to cook. She was a working mother and had three kids, so she always had problems of time. One of the recipe is definetely this lovely scrumptious pie for those who love the delicate taste of red onion, and is perfect for vegetarians as well!

Since I learnt how to make it I have prepared it so many times and everyone in my family loves it. You need to use some shortcrust pastry as a base, so you can either make it yourself as I do, or buy it ready in supermarkets as she was suggesting.

Ingredients & preparation for 4 people: 
- shortcrust pastry - 4-5 red onions
- 80 gr matured caciocavallo cheese
- oregano
- olive oil
- salt
- 2 ts fresh creamy cheese (like Philadelphia or Robiola)

1. First of all, peel the onions carefully and cut them in thin slices.

2. On a medium heat put a drizzle of olive oil in a frying pan and sear or sautè the onion for about 15-20 minutes adjusting with salt. It has to become completely cooked but not brown in color.

 3. Once it is ready, let it cool down a bit, then add abundant oregano, the 2 tablespoons of a plain creamy cheese of your choice (that is good to give a more creamy filling).
4. Cut the matured caciocavallo in little cubes and add them as well to the onion mix.
5. Now preheat the oven at 180° C.
6. Roll out the pastry (or open the pack if you have bought it) and give it a rounded shape.
7. Place the mix inside the pastry and fold half of it on the other half, giving the shape of half-moon, being careful that the up and down parts of the pastry are well closed together.
8. Cook in the oven until it becomes golden brown (about 20-25 minutes) and serve hot with a glass of red wine.

You will definetely enjoy the contrast between the sweetness delicacy of red onion and the strong taste of the caciocavallo melt together in one delicious pie!

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