Prep 45 mins
Cook 45 mins
I use this as a side dish, an appetizer and also as a main dish. I found this recipe in "New Frontiers in Western Cooking" by Greg Patent (2002). I often use yellow organic onions in place of sweet onions. Both variations taste wonderful.
- 2 cups unbleached white flour
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 3⁄4 cup cold butter
- 1⁄2 cup ice water
- 3 large sweet onions (Such as Walla Walla)
- 1⁄2 cup unbleached white flour, for coating
- 3 tablespoons butter, divided
- 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- 1⁄8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
- 5 tablespoons freshly grated parmesan cheese, divided
- Prepare pastry in food processor:.
- Place flour, salt, and butter in work bowl fitted with metal blade. Process until mixture resembles coarse corn meal.
- While mixing, gradually add ice water through tube and process until mixture forms a ball.
- Remove dough from work bowl.
- Shape into 6-inch disk and wrap in plastic wrap.
- Refrigerate for 1 hour.
- (Pastry may also be made by hand according to individual's methods.).
- Roll out pastry between two pieces of parchment paper into 13" circle -- or something resembleing a circle.
- Place into 10" quiche or tart pan. (Tart pan with removable bottom makes for a more "elegant" presentation.).
- Fold pastry onto itself forming a double side wall. Prepare edge with decorative trim by finger crimping around entire pan.
- Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line pastry bottom with foil. Weigh down pastry by spreading beans or rice on bottom.
- Bake 15 to 20 minutes--or until edge of pastry is SLIGHTLY browned. Romove foil and weights.
- Cool pastry.
- Prepare Filling:.
- Peel onions and slice into 1/4" thick slices.
- Spread flour onto plate.
- Dredge onion slices in flour. Set aside.
- Heat 1 1/2 T of the olive oil and 1 1/2 T of the butter in a 12" skillet over medium-low heat.
- When oil/butter is hot, brown 1/2 of the onion slices.(About 4-5 minutes each side.).
- Place on paper towels to drain.
- Add remaining 1 1/2 T olive oil and 1 1/2 T butter to skillet and brown remaining onion slices. (About 4-5 minutes each side.).
- Place on paper towels to drain. Set aside.
- In a medium bowl whisk eggs, milk, salt, pepper, nutmeg, and oregano until well combined. Set aside.
- Spread 3 T of grated Parmesan on bottom of prepared pastry.
- Arrange browned onion slices to completely cover bottom of prepared pastry.
- Pour egg mixture over onions.
- Sprinkle with remaining 2 T of Parmesan cheese.
- Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until it is puffed and browned and the filling is set.
- Cool tart at least 5 minutes before serving.