Alsatian Onion and Bacon Tartlets – Day 2 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2010

Here is a recipe that has appeared before on this blog but it was way back last January. And no list of seasonal canapé recipes would be complete without these wonderful, flavourful, easy-to-do-ahead, straight forward tartlets.

I make these tarts a lot. I make them in large sheets to take to a potluck where I then cut them into medium squares. I make them into 5 inch rounds and top each one with a micro green salad that has been lightly tossed with a truffle vinaigrette and serve them as a first course at a multi-course dinner party. And I make them as these delightful little two bite squares.

I will often roll out the puff pastry the day before, cut it into the squares using a pizza cutter, place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment and then into the freezer they go. You can also get a jump on things by cutting the bacon, slicing the onions and grating the cheese the day before. They can be assembled in the morning of the day they will be served, wrapped and refrigerated until needed. Pop them in the oven just before your guests arrive and they will fill your house with the rich scent of bacon and cheese.

These also travel well and so they are a great choice if you are asked to bring an appetizers/hors d’oeuvre to a party.  You can always skip the bacon and add more cheese and onions to transport these into vegetarian friendly territory.

Wine/Beer Pairing: German-style lager beer and for wine I love to serve these with an Alsatian Pinot Gris. A nice choice would be:
Pfaffenheim Pinot Gris, 2007
Alsace, France 13% alcohol $19.99

Alsatian Onion and Bacon Tart

1 10 x 13 inch pre-rolled puff pastry sheet or 1/2 a package frozen puff pastry, thawed
2/3 cup fromage frais (Little Qualicum Cheeseworks makes a nice one) or Quark Cheese or even Boursin
Pinch of nutmeg
3 strips of bacon (applewood or double smoked works well), cut into thin batons
1/2 medium onion, sliced very very thin (I use a mandolin for this part)
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated
Fine grain sea salt and freshly ground pepper

On a lightly floured flat surface, roll the pastry to 1/8th of an inch in thickness. Cut into squares (approximately 2 inches).

Place on a parchment or Silpat lined heavy baking sheet. The squares may not all fit on one sheet. Chill until the pastry is very cold as this will facilitate the spreading of the cheese.

Using an offset spatula, spread a small amount of the fromage frais or Quark onto the puff pastry.

Scatter on the onion slices and bacon and sprinkle on some Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper and nutmeg to taste. Wrap with plastic and refrigerate until needed.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and bake the tartlets for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm.

Makes 42 – 2 inch square tartlets, 6 – 5 inch round tarts or 1 – 16 x 12 large tart.

Adapted from the recipe “Alsace Tart Flambée from Rob Feenie’s Lumière cookbook.
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5 Responses to Alsatian Onion and Bacon Tartlets – Day 2 of the 12 Days of Canapés – 2010

  1. Dee says:

    These look great! I'm tempted to swap gruyere for the parmesan. Thanks for the post, and keep 'em coming!

  2. Anonymous says:

    ok i did this little canape last night and…although it took me forever to put them together (yakking alot, taking breaks)…it truly wowed my friends!

    I love the single bite nature of these little critters!

    thanks again!


  3. lisa host says:

    We decided to make these tarts the other night. Instead of doing them small we made them into larger tarts for more of a meal. We got pretty excited about all of the different combinations for the middle of them! Really, it was just nice to have something different than we usually do, and these are so impressive and simple. Thanks so much for the fun last Friday. Much love, Lisa.

  4. Tom Duffy says:

    hey j–
    my mom wants me to print this one out
    i want to sign up for a class one of these days– well worth the flight
    best to your dad if he is still in town!

  5. I’ve been making these for a few years (almost same recipe) and they are very easy and very very good.

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