This is my week to host!
Last time I hosted I didn't really introduce myself, so I'll start with that...A couple of (maybe) unknown facts about me:
*I grew up in Price, Utah (thus how I know Amanda and became part of this group. Actually she, Jenn Z. and I went to school together from kindergarten to graduation!)
*I now live in Eagle Mountain and am the proud mommy of four - two boys and two girls - in that order.
*My oldest is 8 and my youngest recently turned 1. They keep me busy! They really love being my "test monkeys" for this baking group!
*I love to shoot guns and am working on getting my Concealed Carry Permit.
*Tony Parker (San Antonio Spurs) landed on my lap at a Jazz game once. Just sayin'...
*I love horror movies.
*I can never think of fun facts about myself when I am trying.
*I enjoy reading, cooking, crafts, shopping, photography, and spending time with my family.
*I have been married almost 11 years and my husband is an Illustrator. Which is ironic, because I can't even draw stick figures. I'm not kidding! Maybe I can't draw, but he can't bake...so... onto the recipe!
I chose to make the
RUSTIC CARAMELIZED ONION TART WITH BLUE CHEESE AND WALNUTS.I'm really hoping that this sounded good to someone besides me...I know it's a strange pick in a book full of delicious baked goods, but when I came across it I knew that I simply had to try. And I'm glad I did! I really loved the combination of these flavors together!
Rustic Caramelized Onion Tarts with Blue Cheese and Walnuts:
The America's Test Kitchen Family Baking Book pgs. 422-423
Makes two 14 by 8-inch tarts
These tarts are not made in a tart pan; instead they're baked free-form for a rustic appearance. Note that the parchment paper is a must for this recipe. You can either make your own pizza dough, use store-bought dough, or buy some from your favorite local pizzeria. You will need about 3 tablespoons of additional oil for brushing.
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing
2 pounds onions (about 4), halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 pound pizza dough (see note above)*
1 cup (4 ounces) walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse
1 cup blue cheese, crumbled (4 ounces)
2 scallions, sliced thin
*I used the Basic Pizza Dough from the book - you can get the recipe on Betsy's Blog
1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position, place a baking stone on the rack, and heat the oven to 500 degrees. Let the baking stone heat for at least 30 minutes (but no longer than an hour).
2. Heat the 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until shimmering. Stir in the onions, brown sugar, and salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened and have released their juices, about 10 minutes. Remove the lid, increase the heat to medium-high, and continue to cook, stirring often, until the onions are deeply browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
Test Kitchen Tip: Caramelizing Onions
The most important part of this tart is proper caramelization of the onions. We had to take a good look at how best to caramelize them. Most recipes subscribe to one of two methods - low and slow or fast and furious-yet neither works. Low heat and slow cooking dries out the onions before they have a chance to darken, while cooking fast over high heat leaves the onions crunchy and burnt tasting. The solution? A combination of low and high heat. We started the onions over medium-low heat so that they released their juices and softened and then increased the heat to medium-high until they become caramelized. Also, a nonstick skillet works best for caramelizing-the slippery surface ensures that no caramelized bits are left in the pan.
3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter, divide it into 2 equal pieces, and cover with greased plastic wrap. Working with one piece of dough at a time (keep the other piece covered), press and roll the dough into a 14 by 8-inch oval on a lightly floured counter. Transfer the dough to a piece of parchment paper and reshape as needed. Gently dimple the surface of the dough with your fingertips.
|With the caramelized onions...|
|and the walnuts...|
|and the blue cheese|
|Right out of the oven|
|and with the scallions, which are really green onions. Who knew?|
Yum! I was the only one in my house that actually liked this...oh well, more for me!
Hope you all enjoyed it!