Appetizer & First Course, Vegetarian
Caramelized Onion & Apple Tart
with Farmhouse Cheddar
½ pound unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and chilled
2 1/4 cups flour
1 tsp salt
1 pinch black pepper
Place flour, salt and pepper in work bowl of a food processor and pulse to combine the ingredients. Drop the butter into the flour and pulse a few times to cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse cornmeal. Lightly beat the egg and add to the flour mixture. Pulse until it just starts to come together as a dough. Remove from the work bowl and lightly knead until well combined. Form a ball and then flatten into a disk. Wrap in plastic and chill for at least one hour.
Roll the dough and cut into pieces to fit your tartlet pans. Makes about 6-7 4” tartlets. Chill for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove the tart pans from the refrigerator, line with foil and place baking beans in each. Bake for about 6-8 minutes or until the edges just begin to brown, remove foil and beans, and bake for 3-4 more minutes. Add the onion and apple mixture and cheese, then pour in the custard. Bake about 12-15 minutes until the custard is set and lightly browned. Serve warm or at room temperature.
1 large onion, julienned
2 golden delicious apples, peeled, and chopped into small pieces
8 oz grated Farmhouse cheddar
1 Tbsp olive oil
Heat the olive oil in a medium sauté pan over high heat. Add the onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes until they begin to wilt. Reduce heat and continue cooking for 3-4 minutes. Add the apples and continue cooking until most of the liquid is reduced and the onions and apples are nicely browned. Remove from heat and cool.
1 ½ cup half and half
2 egg yolks
2 whole eggs
1 tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
pinch of nutmeg
Whisk together all the ingredients and strain through a fine mesh strainer.