Onion and Bacon Tart

February 25, 2010 by andrea | Filed under Appetizer, Baking, Pork, Recipes.

This delicious, easy-to-make appetizer combines two great flavors: smoky bacon and caramelized onions. YUMM! 

The recipe calls for refrigerated pizza dough in a tube but I used Trader Joe’s fresh pizza dough instead. I had some trouble with the rolled-out dough sticking to itself when I tried to transfer it to the baking sheet, so I ended up rolling it out on parchment paper then transferring both parchment and dough to the baking sheet. Don’t worry if you don’t have caraway seeds or don’t want to buy them–the tart will still be great without them.

Onion and Bacon Tart
-recipe from Paumanok Vineyards
Bon Appétit Magazine, October 2005

Every visitor to Paumanok Vineyards enjoys a warm welcome from owners Ursula and Charles Massoud. She learned viticulture in her parents’ vineyards in Germany; he taught himself to make wine when his job with IBM took the family to the Middle East. Ursula, who is known for her outstanding comfort food, pairs Paumanok’s semi-dry Riesling with an onion tart she makes at harvest time. “It’s traditional in my hometown to serve it when the Riesling juice is still fermenting. The sweetness of the onions matches the sweetness of the new wine.”

Makes 6 servings.

8 bacon slices, chopped
5 cups sliced onions (about 3 large)

1 large egg
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Pinch of ground nutmeg

1 13.8-ounce tube refrigerated pizza dough
1/4 teaspoon caraway seeds 

Preheat oven to 375°F. Sauté bacon in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat until slightly crisp. Drain all but 1 tablespoon bacon drippings from skillet. Add onions to bacon and sauté over medium heat until onions are very tender but not brown, about 20 minutes. Cool.

Whisk egg, sour cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg in large bowl to blend. Stir in cooled onion mixture.

Roll pizza dough out on lightly floured surface to 13×10-inch rectangle. Transfer to baking sheet. Spread onion mixture over dough, leaving 1/2-inch plain border around edges. Sprinkle with caraway seeds.

Bake tart until onion custard is set and crust is golden brown around edges and brown on bottom, about 25 minutes.

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