Caramelized Onion Tart

I have never caramelized onions. Ever. Even when a recipe called for them, I’d just brown them and say “screw this, its good enough.” Well, no longer. This time I will caramelize onions for real. And, since the onions need to be a part of something, I decided to stick them in a tart. A sort of hybrid between this recipe and this recipe. A word of warning before you start – pour yourself a generous glass of wine, this is gonna take a while.

caramelized onion tart

Pastry Dough
1 cup flour
1/3 cup salted butter
some cold water

Put flour in a bowl and cut in the butter with a pastry cutter (or a fork if you don’t have one) until it is all incorporated, and the dough can almost clump together. Add the water, a little at a time, stirring it in with a knife and your hands until a nice dough has formed. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside until the topping is done.

Topping
1 large-ish onion, thinly sliced
1 1/2 tbsp butter
salt and pepper to taste
2 pinches dried thyme
2 tbsp wine (preferably white)
1 up chopped spinach
2-3 oz shredded intense French cheese, I used Comte

Melt the butter in a large frying pan. Add the onions and coat evenly, then cover and cook them at medium-high heat for about 10 minutes, or until they are soft. Uncover and add the salt, pepper, thyme and wine. Lower the heat to medium low and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the onions are sweet and brown aka caramelized. Roll out the dough, and line a tart pan or a pie dish with low sides. Place the spinach on the bottom. Layer the onion mixture on top of it, and the shredded cheese on the top. Bake at 375 for 30-40 minutes or until the crust is browned and the cheese is melted. Serve warm.

Whoa – this recipe is ridiculously good. Seriously, seriously good. I give it a 9 out of 10. The only issues were that there was maybe too much spinach and not quite enough onions, and that it is really rich. Which is great, because you can’t eat a lot of it, but the combination of that and the solid Pinot Noir I was drinking with it put me in a borderline food coma. So not a good dish if you are trying to impress a date and hope to jump their bones shortly thereafter. Song of the week: Dream a Little Dream of Me. What can I say, my romantic side came out this week (frustrated though it may be), and this is one of my all time favorite love songs. There are a million versions of this song, and Ella’s version is a close second, but this is my favorite.

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