Bacon, Onion and Gruyere Cheese Tart

  
What have I got myself into…it’s the busiest time of the year for me both work wise as well as socially and I have no idea why I agreed to make food to sell at my workplace fundraiser. It just occurred to me that I still hadn’t test-run all my recipes and my week ahead promises to be full of meetings till late at night. Sigh.

Anyway yesterday was a test of how fast I could churn out one recipe of low carb tart. From start to finish it took me just about an hour…which means that on the day of the Masterchef Carnival I either have to bake from the wee hours of the morning or I would have to pre-prepare some components of the tarts and pies the weekend before. So as a sign that the stress was getting to me I actually had a dream that I was participating in a bake-off competition that was something between Chopped and Cutthroat Kitchen. I dreamt that I didn’t have cream to make the tart filling and I had to beg other people for whatever cream they had and was given coleslaw and other stuff with some cream inside and I had to figure out if I could get enough uncontaminated cream out to make the tart. Of course I woke up in the middle of the dream and I had no way of knowing if I was successful or not. So annoying…

  
Anyway I think I’ve pretty much decided what I will sell for the Masterchef food carnival (and thanks to friends and cooking buddies who offered truly strange suggestions along the way!).

  1. Onion and Gruyere cheese tart
  2. Bacon and sundried tomato tart
  3. Spinach and salmon tart
  4. Smoked salmon and dill tart
  5. Broccoli and mushroom tart
  6. Shepherd’s pie with cauliflower crust

The bacon and onion tart that I posted here  was simply cooking whatever I had available in the fridge, which is the wonderful thing about quiches and tarts. Whenever I’ve been asked for my quiche recipes in the past I have found it really hard to share because I usually dump in whatever is available in the fridge so it is different every time. So bacon featured in this tart because there were 3 slices of bacon left and I managed to pick up a block of near-expiry Gruyere cheese from Cold Storage at 1/2 the price. Hey it was a dry run, ok? It’s ok to use leftovers…🙄

So kid#1 (the food fussy one) gave this tart a stamp of his approval – which gives me confidence that I’m on the right track for the bake-off next week. So here’s the tart recipe for friends who have always tried to pin me down on my quiche/tart recipes but I had never been able to write it our properly for them.

  
Straight out of the oven 😄. By the way I’m selling these puppies for $12 each…all proceeds go to an orphanage in Cambodia.

Bacon, Onion and Gruyere Cheese Tart

  • Servings: 5 tartlets
  • Time: 1 hour
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Ingredients 

Tart pastry

  • 2 cups of almond flour
  • 2 tbsp shortening or oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 large egg

Tart filling

  • 1 1/2 large white onions
  • 3 slices of bacon, cut into small strips
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 100g grated Gruyere cheese
  • 3/4 cup cream

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 deg C
  2. In a food processor, mix the almond flour, salt, shortening and egg and form a dough ball
  3. Roll out the dough between 2 sheets of plastic or baking paper
  4. Cut out and fit into tartlet pans
  5. Bake for 8 minutes (open bake)
  6. Remove from oven and set aside.
  7. Thinly slice the onions into rounds
  8. Heat up the butter in a skillet over medium heat and sauté the bacon till it starts to render fat
  9. Add the onions to the pan and sauté for about 20 minutes until wilted and just starting to caramelize
  10. Add 1/4 tsp salt, pepper and thyme to the bacon and onion mixture, then take off the heat
  11. Distribute the onion mixture into the 5 baked shells
  12. In a large mixing bowl, beat the eggs, then add the cream, cheese and 1/2 tbsp salt and mix well
  13. Pour carefully into the tart shells over the onion mixture
  14. Bake for 1/2 hour
  15. Can be served both hot or cooled, with a light side salad

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