Golden Onion Tart with Gruyere and Thyme
(Courtesy of Jaci Goodman. Serves 8 to 12)
For dough (use premade crust or use this recipe to make your own)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled, cut in ¼-inch cubes
3 tablespoons ice water
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons port wine
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 ounces finely grated Gruyère cheese
1 teaspoon fresh thyme, plus extra for garnish
1 egg, slightly beaten
If you are making your own dough
Stir flour and salt together with fork. Toss in butter. Using fingertips, work butter into flour until it resembles coarse meal, with some pieces of butter. Sprinkle in water while stirring with fork until dough comes together, adding another tablespoon of water if necessary. Form into ball and flatten. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.
1) Heat olive oil over medium heat in deep skillet or pot. Add onions and salt. Cook onions, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown and soft, about 30 minutes. Add port wine and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Remove onions from heat and stir in pepper. Cool slightly.
2) While onions are cooling, roll out dough to fit in bottom and up side of 10-inch round tart tin. Sprinkle half of cheese over bottom of tart. Spoon onions into shell and spread evenly. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon thyme over onions. Brush exposed crust rim with egg wash. Sprinkle tart and crust with remaining cheese.
3) Bake in preheated 375 degrees F oven until crust is firm and golden and onions have turned a rich golden brown, without blackening, about 30 minutes. Remove and cool slightly. Serve slightly warm or at room temperature garnished with thyme sprigs.