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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Caramelized Onion Tart

I went to a party a few weeks back and was put on appetizer duty. Usually the dessert girl, I had a moment's pause where I thought, what do I make?

I flirted with the idea of some tofu dish, and then decided I didn't want my friends to hate me. Then I thought some dip and veggies, and decided again that I didn't want my friends to hate me. So I hunkered down and spent some time surfing through my usual recipe sites. I found the perfect thing.

Caramelized Onion Tart.

They loved it.

I loved it.

Party = Success!

Caramelized Onion Tart


2 tbsp butter
1 medium-large onion
1 tsp sugar
1/4 tsp salt
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
2 tbsp white wine
1/2 cup ricotta cheese
1 egg yolk
1 sheet frozen puff pastry dough, defrosted in refrigerator
1/4 cup grated parmesan


Preheat oven to 350.

In a medium saucepan, melt the butter. Add the onions, sugar, salt, pepper, and wine. Saute until the onions are nice and caramelized (brown in color), roughly 20-25 minutes. Remove from heat. Combine the ricotta and egg yolk in a small bowl and mix together.

Put the puff pastry dough on a cookie sheet and fold in the edges about one inch.

Spread the ricotta-egg mixture on the dough, right up to the edges of the fold. Sprinkle on half of the parmesan, adding the onions next. Be sure to spread the onions evenly on the dough. Add the remaining parmesan.

Bake the tart for 25-30 minutes, until the puff pastry is cooked through and the cheese on top has browned. Cut into rectangles or squares once it has cooled. Serve warm.


  1. Looks SO good! I love caramelized onions :)

  2. oh that looks DELICIOUS! What a great idea!

  3. Hahaha! I don't care if my friends hate me, so i make tofu for them!

  4. Yum-I would mind that smelling up my kitchen right now!

  5. This looks delicious and I bet it smelled like heaven in your kitchen when it was cooking!

  6. Onions and ricotta sound delicious together. And I love easy recipes for parties. Neat ;)

  7. I am always impressed with people who can manage puff pastry without making a giant mess like me...this looks delicious! And you and your friends are gorgeous!

  8. Glad your party went well :) The tart looks very tasty :)

  9. Yum!! I love caramelized onions so no doubt this would be amazing!

  10. Looks absolutely delicious! I love tarts - they're so delicate and fancy :).

  11. This bread sounds delicious. I love caramelized onions just about any which way.

  12. Oh I love onions and better yet when they are carmelized!! This looks absolutely fantastic :)