Caramelised Onion Tart

Caramelised Onion Tart
Onion Tart

Caramelised Onion Tart

This  recipe for Caramelised Onion Tart is based on a recipe in  Vegetarian Kitchen by Sarah Brown.    I bought this book many years ago, in my early twenties, when I was a vegetarian.  Subsequently, I have changed my diet to include fish and some meat, but I still love vegetarian food and often cook meat-free at home.

I have cooked this recipe many, many times.  It is, in my opinion, simply the best onion tart ever.  Occasionally, I will think that I will try a different recipe but I always come back to this one.  The key to its luscious loveliness is to cook the onions really, really slowly for a long, long time so that they soften and gently caramelise without burning.

Nutmeg

The taste of the caramelised onions is enhanced by the nutmeg, a spice that has a myriad of uses in both sweet and savoury dishes.   It is really worth buying whole nutmegs and grating a bit off them  when you need it rather than buying ground nutmeg.  Just use an ordinary grater, there is no need to buy a special nutmeg grinder.  The pungency of fresh nutmeg is a revelation and adds an extra dimension of flavour to the tart.

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Pastry case for tart

Equipment

Large, heavy frying pan, quiche or flan dish  (28 cm)

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Eggs and cheese

Caramelised Onion Tart

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Caramelised Onion Tart

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Yield: 1 tart serving 8 people 1x
  • Category: Tart
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: English

Description

This luscious tart is filled with caramelised onions, subtly flavoured with nutmeg, set in a rich cheese custard.  It is fantastic for hot, warm or cold which makes it very versatile.  I honestly believe this is the best onion tart!


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Ingredients

For the pastry:

  • 275 g plain flour
  • 125 g fat (I use a mix of half butter and half Trex as I think this makes the lightest pastry)
  • Salt
  • A little water

For the filling:

  • 6 large onions (white or red is fine) plus a further 3-5 onions or shallots for decoration
  • 40 g butter and 1 tbs oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tsp brown sugar (optional)
  • Grated nutmeg  (best to grate this from a whole nutmeg as this has best flavour)
  • 100 ml double cream
  • 2 eggs
  • 100 g strong cheddar cheese (grated)
  • A little olive oil

Instructions

  1. Set your oven to 180 C, 350 F or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Make the pastry. Put the flour in a bowl.  Add the fat and combine –  either by “rubbing in” by hand or processing – until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.  Season with salt and pepper.  Add a little cold water (2-3 tbsp) and shape the mixture into a dough.
  3. Peel and chop the onions.
  4. Heat the butter and oil in your frying pan.   It helps if the pan is good quality with a thick bottom as this will disseminate the heat evenly and prevent burning.
  5. Add the onions to the pan, season with salt and pepper,  and cook at a very low heat for about 30 minutes.  Keep an eye on them to make sure they are not burning and stir occasionally.  The onions are done when they are light brown, soft and, when tasted, are sweet.
  6. Season the onions with the grated nutmeg to taste (about half a tsp – although I add a bit more as I like it!).   You can add a tsp of brown sugar to increase  the sweetness of the onions at this stage if you wish.
  7. Set the onion mixture aside to cool slightly.
  8. Roll out your pastry and use it to line your quiche or flan dish.   Bake for 5  minutes in the oven to allow the pastry to “set”.  This will stop the filling making it soggy!
  9. Crack the eggs into a mixing bowl, add the cream, and beat until combined.  Finely grate the cheddar cheese and add to the mixture.
  10. Now place the onion mixture in your pastry case.  Pour the egg mixture over it.
  11. Thinly slice the onions or shallots that you have set aside for decoration.  The aim is to have a number of different sized circles of onion or shallot which you can use to decorate the top of the tart.  Arrange artistically (!) and then brush with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  12. Place your quiche or flan dish in the oven and cook for 25 minutes.
  13. The tart can be eaten hot, room temperature or cold.

Keywords: onion, tart

 

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Put your onions in the tart…
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…add cheese and egg mixture…

 

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Filo Triangles with two fillings –  “Feta Cheese and Mixed Herb” and “Roasted Butternut Squash, Chilli and Pinenut”

These filo triangles are really easy to make and can be served hot or cold.  I generally make a batch of 14 filo Triangles – half with each filling as they complement each other.    The “Feta Cheese and Mixed Herb” filling is creamy, salty and allows the flavour of your chosen herbs to sing out.  The “Roasted Butternut Squash, Chilli and Pinenut” filling is rich and sweet with a buzz of heat with texture provided by the pinenuts.

Both versions make a great lunch or supper, and are really good in lunch boxes and on picnics.   They are also fancy enough to be served for dinner parties or more formal occasions.   If I am trying to impress,  I serve them with a  Green Salad with Edible Flowers.   This is easy (and beautiful!).  Just take salad leaves such as lambs lettuce, maybe add additional bits such as cucumber or avocado – I tend to stick to green things so flowers are obvious – and dress with vinaigrette.  Scatter edible flowers, such as violas or primroses, on top.

Ingredients for Filo Triangles
Butternut Squash, Red Onion, Feta and Chilli
Equipment

Baking tray,  Pastry brush, Bowls

Filling for Filo Triangles
Mixed herbs – Parsley, Chives, Basil and Fennel

 

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Butternut Squash Filo Triangles

Filo Triangles with two fillings – “Feta Cheese and Mixed Herb” and “Roasted Butternut Squash, Chilli and Pinenut”

  • Author: Tastebotanical
  • Prep Time: 20
  • Cook Time: 55
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 14 triangles 1x
  • Category: Tart
  • Cuisine: English

Description

These crispy filo triangles, filled with tasty vegetarian fillings, make a great lunch or supper.


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Ingredients

Ingredients: Filo Triangles 
  • 1 packet of filo pastry (270 g or 7 sheets)
  • 100 g butter (melted)
Filling:  Roasted Butternut Squash, Chilli and Pinenut
  • Half a butternut squash
  • 1 red onion
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 75 g feta cheese
  • Half a fresh red chilli (finely chopped)
  • 1 clove of garlic (crushed)
  • 50 g pinenuts (roasted)
Filling:  Feta Cheese and Mixed Herb
  • 75 g feta cheese
  • 75 g cream cheese
  • A large bunch of mixed, fresh herbs to taste (parsley, basil, chives, fennel fronds)
  • I spring onion
  • Black pepper to taste

Instructions

Method – Feta Cheese and Mixed Herb filling

  1. Crumble the feta into a mixing bowl, add the cream cheese and mix thoroughly.
  2. Finely chop the mixed herbs and spring onion and add to the cheese mixture. Season with black pepper (no need for salt as feta is very salty).

Method – Roasted Butternut Squash, Chilli and Pinenut filling

  1. Set your oven to 180 C, 350 F or Gas Mark 4.
  2. Peel your butternut squash and chop into small chunks (around 2 cm). (You will only need half of the squash for the filling but I generally roast it all and serve the other half of the chunks as an accompaniment.)   Cut the red onion into quarters leaving the skin on.  Put the squash chunks and onion pieces on a baking tray,  sprinkle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Roast the vegetables in the oven for 30 minutes until soft and slightly browned.  Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly.
  3. Roughly mash the butternut squash. Remove the skin from the onion and roughly chop and combine with the butternut squash in a mixing bowl.  Crumble the feta cheese into the bowl with the vegetables. Add the finely chopped red chilli, the crushed garlic and the roasted pinenuts.

Method – Assembling the Filo Triangles

  1. Cut each filo sheet in half lengthways and brush all over with melted butter. Put a spoonful of the filling at one end of the filo strip, and fold into triangles so that it is encased in several layers of filo.
  2. Put the filled filo triangles on a baking sheet and brush the top of each with melted butter.
  3. When you have made all your filo triangles, return the baking tray to the oven and cook at 180 C, 350 F or Gas Mark 4 for 25 minutes.
  4. Remove the filo triangles from the oven and transfer to a cooling rack.  They can be eaten hot, warm or  at room temperature.

Keywords: filo pastry triangles, butternut squash, feta, chilli

 

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