Caramelized Onion Quiche and an OXO Good Grips Giveaway!

I’m thrilled to have been selected as part of the OXO Blogger Outreach Program to help spread the word about OXO Healthy Eating Tools.

Over the past year, as I’ve slowly been upgrading my kitchen and organizing my chaotic pantry, OXO has been my go-to brand!  I love all of my recent OXO purchases: angled measuring cups, locking tongs, measuring cups, and most importantly, their pop storage containers! But, I had NO IDEA how much I desperately needed the OXO Hand-Held Mandolin Slicer.

Wahoo!  My very first OXO Hand-Held Mandolin Slicer

Up until now, slicing for me has always been somewhat of a finger gamble, even after passing the Knife Skills class at the Institute for Culinary Education.  I decided to try out my new slicing gadget making one of Mom’s tasty quiches.

Growing up, Sunday brunches were just as important for family bonding as our weekday dinners.  And, Mom didn’t relax on the meal selection either.  Forget simple generic a la carte options like toasted bagels with cream cheese or cereal or oatmeal.  Nope, Mom always served something homemade and fresh from the stove top or oven: blintzes or casseroles or quiches.

Because my kids LOVE eggs and cheese, and they would never shy away from a pie crust, I decided it was time to bake my first quiche for the family for our Wednesday night theme night: Breakfast-for-Dinner Night!  The caramelized onion quiche is so simple to make, it’s reminiscent of Mom’s Cheeseburger Pie and Breakfast Egg Casserole.  All three dishes only require some sort of simple crust, egg-based “batter,” and bake time in the oven.

Yep – a simple ready-made refrigerated pie crust will due

Since I wasn’t required to make a crust from scratch but rather, use a “refrigerated pie crust,” the only remaining challenge to the directions: “thinly sliced onions.”  No matter how many knife classes I take, I still can’t cut an onion without: crying, creating slices of varying thickness, having the onion roll off the counter top, risking cutting off all of my fingers!  I couldn’t wait to try my new OXO Hand-Held Mandolin Slicer because it’s so intuitive and beyond easy to use:

  • You can easily adjust to 3 different thicknesses to make uniform food slices.
  • The slicer comes with a food holder that allows you to grip the food without risk of cutting yourself.
  • You can easily slice on a cutting board or plate or even hook it over a bowl (like I did) with its non-slip foot and cut directly into a bowl.

Knowing my kids don’t like onions, I wanted its flavor to be in the background, not foreground of the quiche. I reduced the onion amount from 5 to 3 and  strategically placed the slicer’s setting on “thin” and effortlessly sliced away.  Within seconds, I had perfectly symmetrical onion slices ready to get caramelized on the stove top.  The sweet onion smells seemed to hypnotize my kids, forcing each out of their room to inquire about the mysterious breakfast-for-dinner dish.

Onions crudely cut from a knife

OXO Hand-Held Mandolin Slicer set up and ready to go

Perfectly-sliced onions from OXO Mandolin Slicer

Crust with caramelized onions

Only 40 minutes later, I  served a gorgeous  quiche, decorated with swirls of onions beautifully baked in a sea of eggs.  Even though I tried to upsell the eggs and CHEESE and pie crust, my kids still glommed onto the fact that they don’t like onions. I promised this dish would only expose them to the onions, not overwhelm them.  And, that’s exactly what they experienced.

Final Quiche

I’m convinced my OXO Hand-Held Mandolin Slicer helped me achieve these results- without it, the onions would’ve been cut irregularly (some fat, some thin) and therefore, would’ve completely dominated each individual slice.

Instead, the quiche was a raging success—two servings for each kid.  And, not one onion complaint!  In fact, my kids were so impressed with their new gadget, they starting slicing everything they could find in the fridge, from apples to zucchini.

Our best apple slicer yet


Now, it’s your chance to WIN your very own Hand-Held OXO Mandolin Slicer!  

To Enter: Leave a comment on this post telling me what you’d make with your new OXO Han-Held Mandolin Slicer.

Earn More Chances to WIN (leave a comment for each entry letting me know you did it, even if you already follow)

Official Rules: Open to US residents only. Must be over 18. Giveaway will end on April 24, 2012 at 8:00 pm (Eastern Time). One winner, with a valid entry, will be selected using Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be selected.

Disclaimer:  I was not compensated for writing this post. I did receive a free OXO Hand-Held Mandolin Slicer to use and enjoy!  As always, all opinions expressed in this post are my own.



  1. Janet Liske says:

    I would use the mandolin to shred my peppers that I use to make my stuffed bell pepper meatloaf:)

  2. Love quiche. If I were to win, I would use it for thinly slicing swiss cheese for spinach quiche, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini…for baked curry veggie chips, onions, tomato, peppers for burgers or sandwiches, apples, pears for desserts…the list of uses is endless.

  3. Toni Geisler says:

    Love quiche. If I were to win, I would use it for thinly slicing swiss cheese for spinach quiche, potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini…for baked curry veggie chips, onions, tomato, peppers for burgers or sandwiches, apples, pears for desserts, cabbage and lettuce for salads…the list of uses is endless.

  4. Oh my what couldn’t I make with a mandolin slicer!?
    Caprese salad
    Greek salad
    Slices of cucumber and tomato to serve with Feta
    (I can’t eat Pita anymore, because I am gluten free)
    Caramelized onions for so many recipes!
    Fried potatoes!

    I just recently started following your blog on Facebook and I really enjoy your posts. Thanks!

  5. I would use the slicer to make a fruit galette – probably apple or pear.

  6. I followed you on FB, Pinterest, and Twitter

  7. Followed OXO on FB and Pinterest

  8. potato gratin

  9. I follow you on pinterest

  10. I follow you on facebook

  11. Michele Beswick says:

    This slicer would give me the chance to try ANYTHING! It looks VERY versatile!

  12. I follow oxo on facebook and pinterest!

  13. michele gold says:

    i’m new to the kitchen, so would look forward to attempting ANYTHING with a new slicer!

  14. suburban prep says:

    My husband loves Onion rings and I have recipe for baked not fried. Then also I love thin tomatoes on sandwiches. This would be great for egg slices on a dish and slicing potatoes to make au gratin.

  15. Meg D'Incecco says:

    Loving your blog!! I would use the OXO mandoline for onions as well as potatoes and fennel! I’d love to try it with apples for a pie. Oh and my dad’s favorite celery salad would work nicely with that tool! Thanks for the chance to win and keep up the yummy posts!

  16. Cucumbers

  17. My family LOVES grilled onions… I would use the OXO slicer for onions on burgers, fajitas, roast chicken, etc. Other vegetables and fruits – the sky’s the limit!

  18. Melissa C. says:

    I would make a french onion soup!

  19. I’d love to make some French Onion soup!

  20. Can you believe I don’t own a mandolin, but I’ve been in the market for one for some time now? Quiche is one of our “go to” meals. I chop up my onions in to tiny pieces since my son say she doesn’t like them. Of course his big sister encouragingly says,”They don’t taste like anything. Just eat them!” Looks delish & I’d use my new OXO for lots of different veggies!

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  22. Following you on Pinterest…

  23. Kathy F. says:

    I would make scalloped potatoes and ham – MMMM! I don’t have a mandolin but bought one for my daughter….

  24. Kathy F. says:

    I follow you on FB!

  25. Kathy F. says:

    I now follow you on Pinterest too!

  26. belinda belle says:

    Homemade potato chips!

  27. I bought a cheapie mandolin a couple years ago. It wouldn’t even slice onions! I would love to win the oxo brand Mandolin.

  28. I would use it for everything! But seeing the picture of slicing apples, that would be the first. Onion rings second.

  29. I would make apple chips!

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  33. I would make Judy’s Caramelized Onion Quiche, of course! And then slice the hell out of any fruits and veggies in sight. Who knows, I might even make up my own recipe too! YUM…can’t wait to win!

  34. I follow you on Facebook. Post away.

  35. And when you Tweet, I follow!

  36. And now, I follow OXO on Facebook too!

  37. Where do I start?? If I won the OXO Hand-Held Mandolin Slicer I would use if for my world famous fried potatoes, crustless quiche, scrambled eggs, meatloaf, cucumbers, tomatoes, apples, carrots, etc., etc., and etc.

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  38. What a delicious looking quiche! YUMMY!

  39. Kimberli says:

    I would use my OXO on carrots for a new carrot cake recipe I found for Dutch oven.

  40. Betty Green says:

    I would love to try to make the wonderful quiche you have the recipe for, breakfast is my favorite meal and I would slice apples and different vegetables. Would be nice to win one thank you.

  41. Betty Green says:

    I would love to win one to make the delicious recipe you have provided, and slice other fruits and vegetables, Thank You God Bless.

  42. I’ve been wanting to try my hand at homemade chips using sweet potatoes, beets, etc. I love TerraChips but they’re kinda pricey, so making them at home is appealing! I think the key would be getting thin slices, perfect job for a mandolin!

  43. I follow you on Twitter!

  44. I would use the mandolin to slice cucumbers & onions for a family recipe … it is like a quick pickle but we add sour cream …

  45. I follow you on FB, Twitter and Pinterest …

  46. … and now I follow OXO as well

    ~ Peace

  47. Rosemary says:

    I think I would make this delicious looking quiche, and use it for slicing onions all the time. I could also use it for apple pie, and slicing my tomatoes.

  48. Rosemary says:

    I follow you on facebook, too!

  49. I love the addition of mustard. It makes this dish so French. Please share this on my foodie friday linky today.

  50. I want this caramelized onion quiche badly. It looks delicious. It is being featured this week at My Meatless Mondays. Thanks for the link.

    As a side note – my kitchen is filled with Oxo products. I am one of their biggest fans. I am sorry, I didn’t see this sooner so I could have entered. Such is life.

  51. I like reading blogs about Quiches for kids. You did really good work on here. I’ll bookmark your site. Thanks, Claire.

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  52. Carmelized onions are one of my favorite foods, so I would love to make this quiche. A quiche is a brilliant dinner idea. I could make it while #1 is at school and #2 is napping.


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