Welty on Wednesday: Wine Festival and Onion Pie

31 May 1939

Paris, France

The day has been as beautiful as a day could possibly be.  The poster announcing the Wine Festival brought thoughts of the rolling hills of a vineyard, the air laced with lavender, the sky as blue as the morning glory, scattered with confection clouds…

Two friends enjoying a holiday in France…

Perhaps the location looked something like this…


or this…


Perhaps they looked something like this..

Eudora Welty and Katherine Anne Porter

Eudora Welty and Katherine Anne Porter

Perhaps they had a quilt to sit on that looked something like this…


Well, probably none of that ever happened, but this is my story right?  You are probably wondering what any of this has to do with onion pie, what even is onion pie?

I learned about this recipe while taking a seminar on “Welty and Politics” at Millsaps College this spring.  One of my class members made it for a gathering of the group honoring our professor.  I thought it was tasty and so when I was presented with an entire bag of vidalia onions (from the hospital where Mr. Doctor works), I needed to come up with a way to use them. Voila, Onion Pie!

The recipe is found in the Junior League of Jackson’s cookbook Southern Sideboards,and is submitted by Miss Eudora Welty.

The tagline under the recipe reads:

This is a recipe Katherine Anne Porter gave me, which she got in France; these little pies are served hot at the wine festivals along with the bottle of wine.

Now, I have a confession.  I really, really thought that I had taken a picture of that first onion pie but cannot find it anywhere.  So, the delay of this post is due to the fact that I had to make another onion pie today.  This is a fairly time consuming task what with frying onions to a “nice brown, really brown and much reduced”.  And all the folding in “gently, till perfectly mixed”.  Never mind the making of the crust, which I did not do and am admitting it, thank you Pillsbury!

Here is the recipe from my worn copy of Southern Sideboards…

onion pie

Here are the onions ready to fry…


Brown, nicely brown, and really reduced…



Ready to go into the oven…


All done…


Now tell me, who is going to eat all this onion pie?!?

Happy Wednesday!

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  1. Scottye Lee says:

    Wish I could be there for a taste! I’m enjoying your blog from Pigskin Court outside of sleepy little Thompson Station, and missing my Mississippi friends!

    • mnestorc@aol.com says:

      Thanks for reading!! I love being able to keep up with you on facebook but miss seeing you around here!

  2. Love!