Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spring Onion's Bounty Pie - 6 servings

I can't believe the school year is almost over.  Part of me is excited because I will be able to breathe a small breath of air and part of me is really having a hard time giving up a quiet household.  I think I'm leaning towards the latter.  In fact, which I may have written about before (but who can remember anything these days), a woman's "chi" is very special if not highly valued.  How many of you are completely thrown out of whack when you come home during the day to find your husband home or he just appears?  I have yet to find a mom who has told me, "I love it when he comes home!  Just makes my day!"  In fact, if I bring it up, 9 times out of 10 I get an immediate glare and a story of how irritating it is to have such a thing happen.  And that 1 person is either crazy, bored or not liked.  And, the men are clueless.  My husband is still miffed as to why I get all upset when he comes home at 1pm.  He did it yesterday, around 2, and I had to leave.  I told him that I would be back in 20 minutes and he'd better be gone.  And, what makes it worse is if he stays and knows that I'm either working, washing clothes (mostly his) or doing whatever and he's playing solitaire, watching TV/movies, reading blogs, etc all the while I'm doing these things.  I get extremely irritated because when I have 1-30 minute(s) to spare, I want to catch up on Revenge or The Bachelorette.  And who wants to do that with a husband lurking around?  I could go on and on about this but I know the ladies out there agree.  The only way I would remotely think about letting my husband come home during the day is if, like, he were coming home to whisk me away on the same trip the Bachelor or Bachelorette get to take.  Now that would be worth having him come home to, but not everyday.  So, if you need to "get away", head to the farmers market (or if you're like me, your backyard) and grab some spring onions.  They are FABULOUS right now and are great in this pie, thrown on the grill or just about anywhere.  The trip will take about an hour, which should give your husbands plenty of time to get out of the house.

Spring Onion Pie (inspired by Southern Living)

10 thin spring onions
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup milk
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons butter
5 ounces Gruyere cheese, cubed 

1. Preheat oven to 400°. Heat a 10-inch cast-iron skillet in oven. Trim roots from onions; discard roots. Chop half of onions.
2. Whisk together eggs and milk. Sift together flour and next 3 ingredients. Gradually add flour mixture to egg mixture, whisking rapidly 20 to 30 seconds or just until blended and smooth. (There should be no lumps.) Stir in chopped onions. Let stand 5 minutes.
3. Carefully remove hot skillet from oven. Add butter, and let stand until butter is melted. Place skillet over medium-high heat, and pour batter into skillet. Arrange cheese and remaining whole onions over top of batter, and cook 30 seconds to 1 minute or until edges begin to set.
4. Transfer skillet to top oven rack, and bake at 400° for 22 to 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffy. (Outside edges should be crispy, and inside texture should resemble a custard popover. Pie will deflate quickly.) Serve immediately.

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