To caramelize an onion takes a little time and patience but it is a very worthwhile investment. Deep golden in color, sweet and rich and flavorful, these simple slivers will elevate any recipe to a tasty new level. Exhibit A: This simple onion tart, with its smoky, salty bacon complementing the sweet onions and the cream filling with a touch of nutmeg for just the right degree of richness.. Add some crusty bread, a bottle of wine and a green salad, and you have perfect fare for a midweek summer picnic.
This recipe calls for a purchased pie crust but a home made crust would make it even more delicious.
Caramelized Onion Tart
This simple tart is loaded with flavor. Caramelized onions and bacon, cream and a dash of nutmeg make this a delicious brunch or supper choice.
Over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crispy. Remove to paper towel to absorb grease and when cool enough to handle, cut into small pieces.
Pour off all but 1 tsp. bacon fat. Add butter. When melted, add onions, salt and pepper. Cook stirring, for a few minutes, until beginning to wilt. Lower heat, and cook until deep golden, and very soft, about 45 minutes. Add bacon to the onions and combine well.
Place the onions in the pie shell.
Whisk together the eggs, cream and nutmeg. Gently pour over the onions.
Bake about 25 minutes, or until the top is puffy and golden brown.