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How to make German Onion Pie
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Authentic German Onion Pie (Zwiebelkuchen)

The perfect dish for the cooler weather of fall, we love making this authentic German onion pie, also called Zwiebelkuchen.
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Prep Time:30 mins
Cook Time:50 mins


  • 2 ¼ pounds onions
  • 4-5 slices bacon
  • 4-5 whole eggs
  • 1 ½ cups sour cream
  • 1 TBSP AP flour
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp caraway seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 1 whole pie crust or pizza dough (see notes)


  • Coarsly dice the bacon slices. Set aside.
  • Peel and finely slice the onions.
  • Preheat a large heavy skillet and saute the bacon until crisp.
  • Gradually, add all of the sliced onions. Stir well. Cook covered until the onions are translucent and soft but not brown. When finished, let them cool doen slightly.
  • To a medium bowl, add the eggs, sour cream, mustard, flour, caraway seeds, salt, and some fresh ground pepper. Mix well until combined.
  • Add the onions to this egg-sour cream mixture.
  • Press the crust or pizza dough into a lightly greased, rectangular baking dish.
  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
  • Pour the onion mixture over the crust and spread out evenly.
  • Bake at 375˚F for 40-55 mins or until set and golden-brown.
  • Serve warm.


Here is a basic pizza dough recipe: 1 tsp active dry yeast,1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C), 2 ½ cups bread flour, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt. Mix the ingredients together and knead for 5 mins. Let rise for one hour or place in refrigerator over night. 
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: German
Keyword: onion pie
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 375kcal
Author: Our Gabled Home
Cost: $17