Five-Ingredient Feast: Caramelized Onion Tart

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm…sometimes savory can be so much better than sweet. Just imagine it: melty cheese, golden onions, and flaky pastry. Tell me you aren’t drooling. Caramelized onion tart is one of my favorite things to make for dinner parties. I can’t remember if I’ve told you or not, but every week I host Sunday Supper.

Each Sunday, a big group of my friends and I gather together, lately out in the grassy courtyard outside of my dorm, and eat. I can’t think of anything I’d rather do than eat a delicious meal with all of my friends in the sun. There are some regular attendees, but I’m nearly always surprised by a new guest star every week. I try to mix things up, bringing out new recipes, not returning to a fall-back meal in order to avoid boring those who come again and again.

I’ve roasted chickens with sauteed zucchini and onions stuffed under the skins, and I’ve roasted them smothered in an Indian spiced yogurt sauce. I made my family’s prize-winning chili and my favorite spaghetti bolognese. I whipped up a tomato and mozzarella couscous in a nod to the lovely spring weather. I even made a chicken and lemongrass stir-fry. Though I try to diversify my cooking, one dish has made the rounds a few times. One special meal has made it into the Sunday Supper hall of fame.

You guessed it: the caramelized onion tart! It is unbelievably simple to make. I almost feel embarrassed sharing the recipe with you, to be honest. The nice thing is that you will likely have every single ingredient on hand. If you’re feeling adventurous you can easily make your own crust, but, to be honest, people never notice the difference, so a good store-bought short crust pastry works equally well. If you feel super indulgent, you could even have some for breakfast. It’s ok….I won’t tell anyone. The flavor is rich and addictive. The salty cheese meets the sweet onions in a delightfully unctuous way, balancing the delicate crumble of the crust, all working together to make the perfect star of your next meal.

Hayley Daen is a sophomore at the University of St Andrews, where she lives in a dinky apartment right across from Tesco, which makes throwing impromptu tea parties a snap.


Caramelized Onion Tart
Serves 6

1 shortcrust pastry
2-3 tablespoons butter
5 medium onions, thinly sliced
1 cup finely grated Grano Padano cheese
1 cup finely grated Gruyere cheese

Preheat the oven as directed on the pastry package. Roll out the pastry on a lightly greased baking sheet.

To caramelize the onions: Heat the butter in a skillet on medium heat. Add the sliced onions and cook on low heat until they are fragrant, soft, and a deep honey color.

To assemble the tart: Sprinkle the Grano Padano cheese over top of the pastry, leaving a 1 inch border . Sprinkle the Gruyere on top. Scatter the onions over the cheese. Fold the edges over the onions. Bake as directed on the pastry package.

Recipe Index Keywords:

Categories: Blog, Campus Cooking, Eating, and Recipes.
Cooking Method: In the Oven and On the Stove.
Mealtime: Dinner.
I Don't Have Any: Cooking Skill and Money.
I'm Cooking For...: Dinner Party and Easy Dinner.
Type of Food: Vegetarian and Vegetarian Main.
I Don't Eat: Meat.

Originally posted on Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

2 Responses to “Five-Ingredient Feast: Caramelized Onion Tart”

  1. Things To Make For Dinner | Healthy Eating | Free Tips and Information

    October 22nd, 2011

    [...] guessed it: the caramelized onion tart. It is unbelievably simple to Make. I almost feel embarrassed sharing the recipe with you, to be honest. I’ve roasted chickens [...]

  2. Amanda

    March 8th, 2012

    I just made this for a couple of my friends for a mini dinner party… huge hit! Mine didn’t turn out nearly as pretty as the picture, but it tasted absolutely amazing- like french onion soup, but without the pesky soup bits.

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