Sweet, Mild, Spicy . . . There’s an Onion for Every Season

Onions have a range of flavors, colors, and sizes.  Seasonal differences like flavor and texture are noticeable, especially right now!  Sweet, mild, or spicy, and yellow, red, or white,  and from super colossal to pearl – onion grown in the U.S. are available year-round.

March is the time of year when these differences are most prominent as onion supplies transition from Fall/Winter harvested varieties to Spring/Summer varieties.
Colors Seasons of Onions

Here’s an easy way to think about the seasonal differences of onions grown in the U.S.

Spring/Summer Onion Traits*

Availability:  March through August
Skin: one or two thin, often transparent layers, lighter in color, esp. yellow varieties
Water Content: high, which leads to a shorter shelf-life (30-60 days), easily bruised
Flavor: sweet to mild
Best Uses: raw, pickled, lightly-cooked or grilled

*Many specialty sweet onions are part of this category and are sold under a specific trade name or label.  Some domestic varieties, and all imported onions with these traits are offered other times throughout the year.

Fall/Winter Onion Traits

Availability: August through May
Skin: multiple, paper-like layers, darker in color, esp. yellow varieties
Water Content: lower than Spring/Summer, which gives them a longer shelf-life
Flavor: mild to pungent
Best Uses: caramelized, roasted, fried or any dish with a longer cook time

Notice in the image above, how the skin color varies. On the left, the onion in front and the ones behind it are Fall/Winter types. The other two in front, towards the right are Spring/Summer varieties. Another difference is their shape.  Most Fall/Winter types are globe shaped.  Many, although not all, Spring/Summer types are flatter in shape.

Naturally, the best thing about an onion, no matter what color, season, size, or shape is what they lend to our cooking.  We can’t think of many other vegetables as versatile as an onion, can you?

Spring is a great time to try new things, and when comes to food it seems our taste buds crave fresh flavors that burst with the season.  These are a few of our Springtime favorites:

Creamed Peas in Onions (pictured above)

Irish Nachos with Cider-Braised Onions

Sweet Onion Beer Bread

Chilled Salmon Salad with Orange Citrus Onions

Turkey Burgers with Pickled Onions

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Sweet Onion Quiche Lorraine

Quiche Lorraine is surprisingly simple, consisting of a buttery crust, bacon, and a custard-like filling. Everyone has their own twist for this quiche. I think the classic is made even better with the addition of sweet onions!

Sweet Onion Quiche Lorraine

Sweet Onion Quiche Lorraine

Yellow sweet onions are available March through September. They are crispy and juicy, and their mild, sweet flavor has little-to-no aftertaste. They are ideal for this quiche because they cook gently in the egg allowing them to maintain a bit of crispness while highlighting their sweet qualities.

You can prepare the crust for the quiche a day early to save you time on a busy morning. Just remember to get it out of the fridge about 15 minutes before you use it to make it easier to roll out. This recipe is versatile so feel free to omit the cheese or use another variety. You can also add more fresh herbs to put your own touch on this classic dish. It makes a winning meal for spring brunch or a light dinner.

Sweet Onion Quiche Lorraine

Makes:  6 servings

Prep Time:  30 minutes

Baking time:  60 minutes

Ingredients

Crust

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
1/3 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed

4 tablespoons ice cold water

Filling

4 slices thick-cut bacon, chopped

4 large eggs

1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley

¾ cup half-and-half

½ teaspoon fine sea salt

¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

¼ cup shredded Swiss cheese

1 small yellow sweet onion, chopped

Preparation

To make the crust, place the flour in the bowl of a food processor. Add the salt and the butter. Pulse in 5 to 10 second intervals until the butter is evenly distributed in small pieces. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, with the processor on low, until the dough begins to come together in a ball. It will hold together when pressed between your fingers.

Form the dough into a ball and flatten in a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 20 minutes.

While the dough rests, make the filling. Cook the bacon over medium high-heat in a small skillet, until it reaches your desired level of crispness, 5 to 8 minutes. Set aside to cool.

Whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, parsley, salt, and pepper in a large bowl.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Sweet Onion Quiche Lorraine

Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Roll it out on a floured surface into an 11-to-12-inch circle. Transfer the dough to an 8-inch cast iron skillet. Press the dough gently into the skillet. Trim and crimp the edges. Cover in aluminum foil, gently pressing it in the pan to cover the crust and the edges. Bake for 7 minutes.

Remove the skillet from the oven and discard the foil. Reduce the oven heat to 350 degrees F. Place the skillet on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle the bacon in the bottom of the crust and top with the cheese. Next, add the onion and spread evenly over the cheese and bacon. Pour in the egg filling.

Place the baking sheet with the quiche in the oven. Bake for 50 to 55 minutes, until the center is firm and the top edges are lightly browned. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Enjoy this easy and delicious Sweet Onion Quiche Lorraine.  You can always change up the quiche by adding various veggies or meat.

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Warming Pasta Dishes with Onions

When it comes to the ultimate comfort food there is nothing more delicious than Pasta. Especially, if you make the fabulous combination of Pasta Dishes with Onions.

Pasta dishes are easy to put together and there are so many different sauce combinations and adding in the amazing flavor of onions gives these dishes the perfect boost.  Pasta dishes are a favorite way to satisfy a crowd and warm up with on a cold night.

When it comes to comfort food there is nothing better than pasta! Check out all of these amazing Warming Pasta Dishes With Onions!

Warming Pasta Dishes with Onions 

With pasta dishes there are no limits.  You can use any type of pasta from Angel Hair to Gnocchi or even add a few different noodles into one dish.  There are also many ways to make these recipes healthy and huge on flavor.   Adding your favorite sauces, an array of delicious vegetables and meats can make any Pasta Dishes with Onions a family favorite.

We’ve gathered some very scrumptious Pasta Dishes with Onions that will be sure to get you hungry and ready for a delectable Pasta Meal.

When it comes to comfort food there is nothing better than pasta! Check out all of these amazing Warming Pasta Dishes With Onions!

How amazing does this Caramelized Onion Carbonara with Brussels Sprouts & Burrata from Yes to Yolks look? It’s beyond decedent.

We love our very own Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle. Richly full of flavor will have your guests talking about this dish for years.

When it comes to comfort food there is nothing better than pasta! Check out all of these amazing Warming Pasta Dishes With Onions!

Chicken, Bacon & Provolone Alfredo Pasta Bake has every yummy goodness available.  The folks over at Aunt Bee’s Recipes have out done themselves.

When it comes to comfort food there is nothing better than pasta! Check out all of these amazing Warming Pasta Dishes With Onions!

Five Little Chefs have come up with a Pizza Pasta Skillet that has our mouth watering!!!!

When it comes to comfort food there is nothing better than pasta! Check out all of these amazing Warming Pasta Dishes With Onions!

If you are looking for delicious and easy this One Pot Creamy Bacon & Peas Pasta from Home.Made.Interest will be a great one do add to your weeknight dinner menu.

When it comes to comfort food there is nothing better than pasta! Check out all of these amazing Warming Pasta Dishes With Onions!

Figs & Pigs makes a gorgeous Spinach Gnocchi with Caramelized Onions and Gorgonzola. What a unique combination of everything good.

Warm and delicious is this Rigatoni & Chicken Sausage in Marsala Cream Sauce found over at Fake Ginger.

 

The Minimalist Baker has brought together the incredible combination of Vegan Caramelized Onion Mac N Cheese.  This sounds too good to be true.

Craftaholics Anonymous has this wonderful Zesty Summer Pasta Salad.  Packed with flavor and very healthy.

When it comes to comfort food there is nothing better than pasta! Check out all of these amazing Warming Pasta Dishes With Onions!

Pasta with Lentils is a great savory and filling dish the family will love found over at Earth Powered Family.

When it comes to comfort food there is nothing better than pasta! Check out all of these amazing Warming Pasta Dishes With Onions!

Talk about a beautiful combination, Garlic & Zest has brought together this incredible Roasted Italian Sausage, Veg and Pasta.

When it comes to comfort food there is nothing better than pasta! Check out all of these amazing Warming Pasta Dishes With Onions!

The Curious Nut has put comfort and yum all in one dish with this Bacon, Sausage & Ham Pasta Casserole.  

Do you love all of these Warming Pasta Dishes with Onions?  What ways do you like to cook up pasta and onions?

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Onions Contribute to a Healthy Gut

Onions Contribute to a Healthy Gut 

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Over two thousand years ago, Hippocrates said “All disease begins in the gut.” While this statement isn’t completely true, there is much wisdom to it. Bacteria and other organisms in our bodies do a lot more than help us digest food. Between seventy and ninety percent or our immune system resides in our gut. With more knowledge about our immune system and the role chronic inflammation plays in illness, new research is emerging linking healthy gut microbial to healthy weight reduction1 and maintenance as well as preventing chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and neurodegenerative problems. To put it simply, if our gut microflora isn’t healthy, then we are at greater risk for all sorts of illnesses. Scientists think that the sicknesses extend beyond physical ailments, and that healthy gut flora can also improve an array of mental health symptoms. The research adds further evidence to the notion that an assortment of human health issues may depend upon the diversity and complexity of bacteria that lives within the gut, our microbiome.

 

 

 

Containing both good and bad bacteria, the complex gut microbial is the population of bacteria and other microbes that reside in our gut.  About 100 trillion bacteria and other microbes live in our intestines, especially the large intestine. The right balance of bacteria in our guts can keep us healthy and protect us from disease. Researchers are looking for the causes of chronic illnesses and the connection between health and nutrition. Increasingly, scientists suspect that the answer is in our guts and what we feed, or don’t feed it.

 

A diet high in refined, heavily processed foods will disrupt our gut; antibiotic use and some environmental factors also negatively good bacterial balance. Conversely, a plant-based diet rich in fiber and some fermented foods nourish beneficial bacteria and rebalance our microbiome. To promote a healthy gut, researchers are recommending diets high in fiber that will fortify the healthy probiotic bacteria in our guts. Specifically, some of the best probiotics are onions, leeks, chicory roots, celery, apples and beans. Fiber is critical for numerous health reasons, and in its absence, the microbiotica will instead feed on the thin layer of mucus the thin layer of mucus that protects our intestinal lining, potentially leading to  “leaky gut” or other health problems. Microbes in our guts also appear to benefit from polyphenols in seeds, nuts and extra virgin olive oil.

More research is needed to determine specific dietary recommendations, but the knowledge that onion is particularly helpful to a healthy gut underscores that we must move beyond using onions primarily as condiments to eating them regularly as a key health promoting vegetable.

For more information on onions, including recipes and cooking tips please visit https://www.onions-usa.org.

 

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Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle

Whether you are craving comfort food, or need a special dinner to share with those you love, this lamb ragu checks all the boxes. Onions are simmered with diced tomatoes, ground lamb, and herbs to create a rich and filling sauce that can be served over your favorite pasta.

Looking for a fabulous comfort food or savory meal this delicious and easy Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle recipe will check all the boxes.

Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle

Given all these wonderful flavors, you might think this dish takes all day to make, but it only needs to simmer for 30 minutes. I’ve used pappardelle, which is a good choice of pasta for thick sauces, but you can substitute any variety. Even gluten free and bean-based pastas can be used to meet special dietary needs. Serve it with a crisp green salad and a chunky of crusty bread to round out the meal.

Looking for a fabulous comfort food or savory meal this delicious and easy Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle recipe will check all the boxes.

Makes: 6 servings

Prep Time:  15 minutes
Cooking Time:  45 minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
1 large carrot, peeled and diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 pound ground lamb
One 28-ounce can petite diced tomatoes
One 6-ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon minced fresh basil
1 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 bay leaves
One 3-inch sprig rosemary
16 ounces pappardelle (or other pasta), cooked according to package directions
Grated Parmesan for garnish

Preparation

Heat the olive oil in a heavy pot, such as a Dutch oven, over medium-high. Add the onion and cook until it begins to glisten and soften a little, 3 minutes. Add the carrot and cook until the vegetables begin to brown, 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook 1 more minute.

Add the lamb and stir to break it up. Cook until browned and no longer pink, 5 to 6 minutes.

Pour in the diced tomatoes with their juices and then stir in the tomato paste. Add the water. Stir in the basil, salt, mint, and black pepper.

Reduce the heat to medium-low. Add the bay leaves and the rosemary sprig to the pot. Cover with a lid and simmer for 30 minutes. Check to make sure it is maintaining a low simmer and adjust the heat as needed. Stir at least once while it simmers. Discard the bay leaves and rosemary sprig.

Divide the cooked pasta into 6 servings. Top the pasta with an equal amount of ragu. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve your delicious Lamb Ragu dish.

Looking for a fabulous comfort food or savory meal this delicious and easy Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle recipe will check all the boxes.

Have you had Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle? This is a flavorful and delicious recipe that’s pretty simple to put together!  If you’re looking for another comfort meal you might like this Roast Turkey Breast with Balsamic Caramelized Onions and Glazed Dried Cranberries recipe.

Looking for a fabulous comfort food or savory meal this delicious and easy Lamb Ragu with Pappardelle recipe will check all the boxes.

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association; image by Lori Rice.

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Q & A: Planting Onions

Did You Know:  Onions can be planted by tractor or by hand?

All onions start from a tiny seed, but may be grown from seed, sets (dry bulbs), or transplants.  Most onions grown commercially (versus in your garden), are grown from seeds (planted by tractor) or transplants (planted by hand).

When planted by tractor, onion seeds are placed in a special tractor attachment (aptly named a planter), which is pulled behind the tractor. This method of planting is also called direct seeding.

How direct seeded works: After the field is prepared for planting, the planter places a single seed in the ground spaced exactly the same distance apart. Pressurized air “puffs” the seed right into the soil and is instantly covered up. The tractor and planter will go up and down the field until the process is complete.

Hand planting is different because actual plants (or in some cases sets) are placed in the ground. The onion seed is started in seedbeds. Once they become seedlings, they’re moved into precise field rows where they’ll mature.

How transplanting works: First, a tractor will go over the field to make small, evenly spaced indentations in the ground.

Next, a crew of workers will take bundles of onion seedlings (these plants are about the size of a pencil) and place a single plant in each indention, and push the soil up around the plant. One-by-one, a row at a time, the crew works until the field is planted.

Fact: One person can plant one-half acre per work day.

Why hand plant? Transplanting requires more labor than directly planting seeds into field rows, but transplants are less susceptible to dangers like cold weather and weeds. A majority of transplanted onions will also be harvested by hand.

row of onions in the field

Onions typically take five to six months to grow from seed to maturity, and it all starts with a tiny seed!

Special credit and thanks to Steve McArthur for the wonderful photographs of transplanting in this article and to Champion Seed for the final photo of the onions, near harvest-time.

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Comforting Curry Recipes to Warm You Up

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes.  The rich flavor, the heartiness that brings any meal to the top of our favorites list!!!!

There are so many different ways to make curry.  You can change it up with thickness and types of curry gravy all the way to the level of heat.  Whichever way you enjoy your curry we’ve found some of the most delicious recipes that will comfort you and warm you up on a cold night.

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comforting Curry Recipes 

When you think of curry do you think of stew or soups?  The ideas of curry are endless… thank goodness, curry is one of the richest flavors that can never get boring.  You can have your curry not so spicy or you can kick up the heat and enjoy some curry dishes that will pack a punch.

These are some wonderful dishes we’ve found that are not only different and unique but meals we know our families would enjoy.

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Lighter Eggplant and Potato Curry from the folks over at Honey and Figs Kitchen 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Shrimp and Vegetable Coconut Curry is a flavorful and easy dish found at My Nourished Home

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk is a slow cooker gem over at Gluten Free with L.B. 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

We found this unique twist with Zucchini Curry Lime Soup from Dizzy Busy and Hungry 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Nothings sounds better than Meatballs in Spicy Curry found over at From a Chef’s Kitchen 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

This Curry Fish Pie will be sure to shake things up from My Kitchen Antics 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Incredible yummy goodness with this Sri Lankan Creamy Cashew Curry found over at The Flavor Bender 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

Asian Beef and Curry Stew with Apples will be sure to tantalize your taste buds from Nutrizonia 

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes. The rich flavor, the heartiness that makes any meal delicious. Here's a list of our favorite Curry Recipes

All our favorites are found in this Tofu Pumpkin Curry from the folks over at KiipFit 

How do you like curry?  

Do you enjoy comforting curry recipes or do you like your curry prepared in non traditional ways? No matter how you indulge any curry dish will be fabulous and delightful.

There is nothing more delicious than Comforting Curry Recipes.  The rich flavor, the heartiness that brings any meal to the top of our favorites list!!!!

One last favorite of our very own is this Curried Onion Apple Soup.  You just knew we’d find a way to curry up our onions.

 

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Warm Up with Curried Onion Apple Soup

Warm Up with Curried Onion Apple Soup

After a busy holiday season, January’s cold snap has me looking for warm, comforting, healthy, but totally satisfying meals! To me, a steamy bowl of soup is the perfect and this Curried Onion Apple Soup is one of my favorites because it combines a few of my favorite things:  savory caramelized onions with sweet, crisp, apple and then made even more soothing with a generous dose of curry powder.

Curried Caramelized Onion Apple Soup

Smooth and creamy, this is the kind of soup to keep you satisfied and warm on a long winter day. Garnish with a few caramelized onions, cooling yogurt, and crunchy apple for the perfect steamy bowl of comfort.

Curried Caramelized Onion Apple Soup (horiz.)

Makes: 8 cups

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 pounds yellow onions, thinly sliced
3 red skinned apples, peeled, cored and chopped (I use Royal Gala)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon curry powder
1/2 cup apple cider
3-1/2 cups vegetable broth
1 cup chopped potato
1 cup coconut milk
3/4 teaspoon salt
Optional garnish: caramelized onion, apple cut into matchsticks or thin slices, plain yogurt

Preparation

In a large heavy bottom saucepan, melt butter with oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook until caramelized. This process is worth the time it takes for full caramelization, at least 30 to 35 minutes. Reserve a few onions for the garnish, if desired. Add apples, garlic, ginger, and curry powder; cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

Add apple cider to deglaze the pan; increase heat to high until reduced by half. Add broth and potato, bring to a boil then reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in coconut milk and salt; simmer for 5 minutes.

Purée soup with an immersion blender until it’s smooth. Alternatively, a blender can be used to purée the soup in batches. Return soup to the pot and simmer until warmed through before serving.

Ladle into serving bowls and garnish with a drizzle of yogurt, reserved caramelized onions, and apple.

Curried Caramelized Onion Apple Soup

Recipe provided by the National Onion Association; image by Lori Rice.

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Savory Desserts with Onions

Sweet & Savory Desserts with Onions

We love creativity in the kitchen, especially when it involves onions!  Few things are more inventive than desserts with a savory twist. So we searched for some of the best sweet and savory desserts that you will love!

The holiday season is often overflowing with super sweet treats and this makes it a great time of year to incorporate a savory dessert option. The best thing about these creations is their versatility. Many are sweet enough to stand alone as a dessert, but they also pair well with a wedge of aged cheese, or even a scoop of ice cream.

Another perk is that you don’t have to stick with the last course when serving many of these delicious recipes. Most will work equally well as a starter or party snack. So keep your options open and try some of these sweet and savory desserts with onions!

 

Apple and Onion Hand Pies with Cheddar and Sage

Apple and Onion Hand Pies with Cheddar and Sage from Reading My Tea Leaves

Cranberry, Caramelized Onion and Fresh Herb Focaccia

Cranberry, Caramelized Onion and Fresh Herb Focaccia from Floating Kitchen

Fig, Onion & Labneh Galette

Fig, Onion & Labneh Galette from Cook Til Delicious

De La Grana

De La Grana (Pumpkin-Onion) Cheesecake from Daydreamer Desserts

Caramelized Onion-Dark Chocolate Ice Cream

Caramelized Onion-Dark Chocolate Ice Cream from Sauce Magazine

Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Empanadas

Sweet Potato, Caramelized Onion and Bacon Empanadas from Always Order Dessert

Pumpkin, Apple and Caramelized Onion Vegan Quesadilla

Pumpkin, Apple and Caramelized Onion Vegan Quesadilla from Veggie Inspired

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Pear, Caramelized Onion & Brie Bites from Real Housemoms

Cranberry Onion Tarts

Cranberry Onion Tarts from the National Onion Association

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Cranberry Onion Tarts


These sweet and tangy tarts will make a delicious addition to your holiday meals!

Serve them as a starter or use them to add a savory twist to dessert.

 

Cranberry Onion Tarts Recipe from the National Onion Association

The holiday season is full of delicious desserts and this year we have a recipe that will help you add a special, unexpected touch. These Cranberry Onion Tarts are sweet enough to be served with cheeses and wine to end a meal, and savory enough to enjoy as a starter for a special dinner or snack for a holiday open house.

These tarts are filled with sweet caramelized onions, tangy cranberries, crunchy pecans, and an earthy sprinkle of fresh rosemary. They go especially well with a wedge of Brie or Gorgonzola cheese.

Cranberry Onion Tarts Recipe

Cranberry Onion Tarts

Yield:  6 tarts

Preparation time:  20  minutes
Cooking time:  45 minutes

Ingredients
Crust
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/2 cup cold unsalted butter, cubed
3 tablespoons ice cold water

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup finely diced yellow onion
2 cups fresh cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
3 tablespoons honey, or to taste*
1/4 teaspoon fine ground sea salt
1/8 teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
Chopped rosemary for garnish, optional

Preparation
Place the flour, sugar, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Add the cold butter. Pulse in 10 second intervals until all ingredients are combine and crumbled. Add the water, one tablespoon at a time, and process on low until the a dough ball forms in the bowl, about 20 seconds. Transfer the dough to a sheet of plastic wrap. Wrap and place in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

While the dough chills, make the filling by heating the oil in large skillet over medium-high. Add the onion, cook until it softens and begins to brown, about 10 minutes. Add the cranberries. Cook until they begin to burst and shrink, about 3 minutes.

Stir in the pecans and cook 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the honey, salt, and rosemary.

Remove the dough from the refrigerator. Roll on a floured surface to 1/4 to 1/3-inch thickness. Cut the dough into 6, 3 1/2 to 4-inch circles. Place each circle of dough into the slot of a 6-cup jumbo muffin tin. Gently press and spread the dough so that it fits into the bottom of the muffin tin and the edges reach about 1/2 way up the side.

Fill each crust with an equal amount of the cranberries and onions. Bake for 28 to 30 minutes, until the crust is golden brown and the filling is bubbling. Let cool for 5 minutes and then use a fork or knife to carefully remove the tarts from the pan. Sprinkle with chopped fresh rosemary, if desired. Serve warm or at room temperature.

*Fresh cranberries are tart. Be sure to taste a bit of the filling before transferring it to the  crust. Add more honey, if desired.

 

Recipe and images by Lori Rice for the National Onion Association

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