caramelized onion tart

no funny stories here today... sorry.

it's been one of those weekends and it seems i have been having more and more of them lately and unfortunately it's starting to really wear on me. while none of the problems are huge in scope, it tends to grind you down and you wonder if some higher being is just toying with you because they have a twisted sense of humor. sometimes i think someone up there who is suppose to be in charge is into torture or a little bdsm just for shits and giggles. {if you don't know what bdsm is, google it, just don't click on any pictures... you were warned}

anyways... before i decided to really screw up a post and start talking a little theology and torture {apparently, a nice way to spend your monday afternoon...also a good way to make friends and not alienate readers, score one for krysta!} i saw this recipe in real simple this weekend and it was one of those things where it was NOT going to go away until i made it.

caramelized onion tart with fennel and apples: adapted from real simple magazine dec. 2009

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium onions, sliced
1 fennel bulb, sliced
2 granny smith apples, cut into thin slices
kosher salt and black pepper
2 sheets frozen puff pastry (from a 17.3-ounce package), thawed
1/2 cup sour cream or even better!!!! thin slices of a mild cheese like fontina or havarti

Heat oven to 400ยบ F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and fennel. Cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden brown, 12 to 15 minutes. Stir in the apples, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook until just tender, 2 minutes.

Place each sheet of pastry on a parchment-lined baking sheet and prick all over with a fork. Spread with the sour cream or place cheese onto puff pastry, leaving a ½-inch border. Top with the onion mixture and bake until the pastry is crisp and browned, 30 to 35 minutes. Cut into pieces before serving.

tasting notes: sweet, savory, flaky crust... a good excuse to ingest high amounts of puff pastry. good, cold or hot. i liked the one with cheese better. katie liked the one with sour cream better. good for a light simple dinner served with salad. real simple has it listed under hors d'oeuvres. either way... it's good.


Melissa @BakingfotheBoys said...

Beautiful photos. The onion tart looks so delicious.

Catherine said...

I <3 puff pastry..

Lisa said...

The tarts look utterly amazing! What a delicious treat.

Race said...

The first thing that came to mind was "going down" That sweet and savory pastry wash going down with a Nantucket Nectar "Big Cran" juice
Wow. This the perfect I just finished raking leaves lunch and its only 1pm.
You know what I mean?