Andre's Onion Tart
If you don't have pie weights for blind-baking the crust, you can use dried beans, rice, or clean, round pebbles. This recipe has been adapted from "The Lutece Cookbook" by Andre Soltner with Seymour Britchky.
- Yield: Serves 6
Source: Martha Stewart Living Television, December 2000
- 12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks) cold, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for tart pan
- 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 1/2 cup ice water
- 1 1/2 pounds onions, finely chopped
- 1 large egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
- 1 pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
- 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan or Swiss cheese
Butter a 10-inch tart pan with removable bottom; set aside.
Make the crust: In a medium bowl, combine flour and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add 8 tablespoons (1 stick) chilled butter, and combine with fingers or a pastry blender until it has the texture of coarse meal. Add 1/2 cup ice water, and stir just until a dough forms. Form into a disk, and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill for at least 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. On a lightly floured surface, roll out dough to 1/8-inch-thick round. Fit dough into prepared tart pan; trim excess. Line with a parchment paper round, and fill with pie weights. Chill for 15 minutes. Transfer to oven, and bake for 15 minutes. Remove pie weights and parchment paper. Bake for 5 minutes more. Remove from oven, and set aside.
In a large skillet, heat remaining 4 tablespoons butter. Add onions, and cook, stirring frequently, until slightly browned and softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat.
In a small bowl, combine beaten egg, cream, remaining 1 teaspoon salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in onions.
Sprinkle baked tart shell with cheese. Spread onion mixture evenly over cheese. Bake until set, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately.