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Cheddar, Onion and Bacon Tart

Cheddar, Onion and Bacon TartServe this delicious tart with a salad of baby spinach, red and yellow teardrop tomatoes, sliced Hass avocado, toasted pecans and apple cider vinaigrette. Recipe by chefs Frank Randazzo and Andrea Curto-Randazzo.

Recipe Ingredients:

Crust:
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1 egg yolk
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1 cup (1/2 pound) chilled butter, cut into small cubes
1 tablespoon cold water

Filling:
4 pounds Vidalia onions, cut into thin strips
4 tablespoons butter
4 large eggs
2 egg yolks
1/2 cup heavy cream or half-and-half
3 cups (12 ounces) Sargento® Limited Edition Shredded Wisconsin Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese
16 slices bacon, diced, fried until crisp
1/3 cup fresh chives, chopped
Salt and pepper

Cooking Directions:

  1. Prepare dough by pulsing flour, 1 egg, 1 egg yolk and salt in a food processor. Add butter, piece by piece, pulsing until all is incorporated. Add water and pulse only until dough forms a ball. Remove; cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 2 hours. Remove dough from refrigerator 30 minutes before assembling tarts.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare filling by cooking onions in butter in 2 large skillets until tender and translucent. Cool in a medium bowl.
  3. Beat 4 eggs, 2 egg yolks and cream together. Stir into onions; add cheese, bacon, chives and salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C).
  5. Divide dough in half. Roll each portion to fit in 10-inch tart pan with removable rim. Trim dough to fit rim height and prick bottom of dough with fork.
  6. Bake crust 7 minutes or just until it begins to turn golden brown.
  7. Remove from oven, add filling divided evenly between the two crusts and bake 15 to 20 minutes more until egg mixture is set.
  8. Let cool 5 minutes before removing rim from tart pans. Cut into wedges.

Makes 12 main dish servings or 24 appetizer servings.

*If using unsalted butter, add 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, Inc.