Discover or re-discover the ancestral recipe for onion tart from the town of Givet.

Onion tart

Today the famous Onion Fair Given should have celebrated its 403rd edition. An annual tradition that the inhabitants of Givet, the street vendors and visitors from many neighboring regions regret on this November 11, 2020. Confinement obliges, no fair, of course, but the traditions linked to this event remain intact.

Do you have a few onions in your cupboards? Good ! So, how about trying the traditional Givet onion tart recipe?

An ancestral recipe that reminds us with nostalgia, the Onion Fair of November 11th.

The oath of the Brotherhood of the Onion Tart of Givet

“Oye, Oye! Onion pie, I tasted. Onion tart, I liked it. From Givet and beyond Charlemont, I will carry it. Every day of the year, I will support her. At the fair, I will taste it. From the reluctant, I will convert. His recipe, I will respect. Onion pie, I'll taste

Onion pie, always I will like. »

That's a funny oath! Of course, it is, in reality, the oath that the new members of the onion pie brotherhood at the time of their induction. A kind of commandments to respect to be part of this brotherhood created in 2008 and have the honor of promoting an ancestral recipe from the town of Givet.

Onion Pie Brotherhood

The objective of the brotherhood is to convey a positive image of Givet through the onion tart.

So, will you take an oath?

The recipe for 6 people

Prep time : 25 minutes – Cook time : about 35 minutes

Ingredients :

  • 300 g of broken dough
  • 700g yellow onions
  • 60 g pure panne lard
  • 15 cl of fresh cream
  • 12 cl milk
  • 3 big eggs
  • butter
  • all-purpose flour
  • nutmeg, salt and white pepper

The preparation :


  • Roll out the shortcrust pastry on a floured work surface to a thickness of 4 to 5 mm.
  • Garnish a buttered pie dish about 25 cm in diameter and prick the bottom with a fork.
  • Leave to cool.

The onions :

  • Peel the onions (watch out for the eyes) and chop them finely.
  • Melt the lard in a casserole dish and add the onions little by little while stirring.
  • Melt the lard in a casserole dish and add the onions little by little while stirring.
  • Then cook them over moderate heat, stirring constantly for about twenty minutes.
  • Add a heaping tablespoon of flour, dusting it, mix immediately and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Then add the fresh cream and milk.
  • Mix and continue cooking for about 5 minutes until you obtain a well-bound and thick porridge.
  • Remove the casserole from the heat.
  • Crack the eggs into a large bowl, salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  • Beat them into an omelette, then add this preparation to the onion puree.
  • Pour this mixture over the bottom of the pie and smooth the top with the back of a wooden spoon.

The cooking :

Bake at 220°C for 20 to 25 minutes.

The tasting:

The onion pie can be served both hot or warm depending on individual preferences. It is also possible to garnish the top of the tart with thin slices of Ardennes ham when serving.

Enjoy your meal everybody !

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