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Onion Tart: Alice Waters Inspiration!




Onion Alice Waters Inspiration | This make-ahead onion tart is a culinary creation that pays homage to the inspiration of the legendary Alice Waters. Taking the leap to try this recipe was a revelation. And I can confidently say it won’t be the last time. This dish offers simplicity, rich flavors, and versatility, making it the perfect choice for any occasion. Whether it’s an intimate dinner or a grand brunch gathering.

Caramelized onions take center stage in this delightful tart, adding layers of sweet, savory goodness to each bite. The process of slow-cooking onions until they turn golden brown and release. Their natural sweetness is a culinary art form that Alice Waters herself would undoubtedly applaud. It’s a testament to the transformative power of patient cooking and quality ingredients.

What makes this onion tart even more appealing is its make-ahead convenience. Prepare it in advance, and you’ll have a show-stopping dish ready to impress your guests with minimal effort when the time comes.

Pairing wine with this tart opens up a world of possibilities. While a white Bordeaux or a Riesling can provide a delightful complement. Don’t be afraid to explore and experiment with other wine varietals. New York’s finest fingerlike Riesling, for instance, can be a winning choice. The interplay between the tart’s caramelized onions and the wine’s acidity creates a symphony of flavors that elevates the dining experience.

For those looking to add an extra layer of indulgence, consider adding dollops of goat cheese to the tart. The creamy, tangy notes of the cheese harmonize beautifully with the sweet, caramelized onions, creating a perfect marriage of flavors that will leave your taste buds singing.

As I reflect on my first experience with this onion tart, I’m already eagerly anticipating making it again. It’s a culinary adventure that not only pays tribute to Alice Waters’ inspiration but also allows for personal creativity and exploration in the kitchen. So, whether you’re a seasoned chef or an enthusiastic home cook. This make-ahead onion tart is a recipe worth savoring and sharing with loved ones.

onion tart recipe

Onion Tart

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer, Brunch, Snack
Cuisine American, French, North American
Servings 4
Calories 495 kcal


  • 2 lb Yellow Onion Sliced
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 6 tbs unsalted butter cold
  • 1/4 cup water ice cold
  • 4 tbs Olive Oil
  • 1 egg slightly beaten
  • 1 pinch thyme fresh or use chopped sprig


For the Dough

  • Break up the butter into small chunks
  • Add the salt to the four and stir together
  • Add the butter to the flour by smashing it in with a fork or your fingertips until it’s crumbly. Sprinkle in 3/4 of the water while stirring with a fork, or working it with your hands until the dough comes together, adding another tablespoon of water if necessary. 
  • Form into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour

For the Onions

  • Meanwhile, heat olive oil over medium heat in a deep cast-iron skillet 
  • Add onions and salt
  • Cook onions, stirring occasionally, until they are golden brown for about 30 minutes
  • Remove onions from heat and cool on the stove

Rolling out the Dough

  • Preheat oven to 370 degrees
  • If dough is hard when you take out of fridge let it sit for about 15-20 minutes
  • Flour the surface you use to roll out the dough
  • Roll out with bottle or a french roller, in all directions to make a 14" circle
  • Use a cookie sheet or round flat baking pan to transfer the dough
  • Transfer onto parchment paper or use tin foil with 2 tbs of oil on surface
  • Add the onions to the top leaving a good inch all around the edges
  • Fold over the edges as in the photo
  • Bake for 45-50 minutes
  • Serve warm or at room temperature


Calories: 495kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 385mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 590IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg


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