Ellen Bales


In Germany, this dish is typically served at harvest time and washed down with a glass of Federweisser (a new wine that hasn't finished fermenting). Barring that, a full-bodied dry Rheinpfalz Riesling is recommended as an accompanyment.
Recipe: The New German Cookbook
Photo: claredunkle.com

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45 Min
25 Min


6 oz
double-smoked slab bacon, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
2 medium
spanish onions, peeled, halved lengthwise, thinly sliced
2 1/2 tsp
caraway seeds
1/2 tsp
freshly grated nutmeg
12 oz
frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 3/4 c
heavy cream, or 1 cup heavy cream and 3/4 cup milk
3 large
eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp
1/4 tsp
freshly ground black pepper


1In a heavy 12-inch skillet saute the bacon over low heat for about 5 minutes, until all the drippings cook out and only crisp browned bits remain. Using a slotted spoon, lift the bacon bits to paper toweling to drain and reserve. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. drippings from the skillet
2Add the onions to the skillet, sprinkle with caraway seeds and nutmeg, and saute 5 minutes over moderate heat, stirring often. Reduce heat to low, cover the skillet, and steam the onions for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
3Roll the puff pastry on a floured surface into a 14-inch circle. Set a 12-inch tart tin on a baking sheet. Lop the pastry over the rolling pin and ease into the tin, pressing it in to form a neat pastry shell. Trim the pastry overhang to 1/2-inch larger all around than the tart tin, then roll under so it rests on top of the tin and crimp, making a high fluted edge.
4Pile the onion mixture into the pastry shell, spreading to the edges as smoothly as possible, and then scatter the reserved bacon evenly on top.
5Bake, uncovered, in a preheated 350-degree oven for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk the cream, eggs, salt and pepper until well blended and set aside.
6Remove the partially baked onion cake from the oven and raise the heat to 400 degrees.
7Slowly pour the cream mixture over the onion and bacon, distributing it as evenly as possible. Return cake to the oven and bake, uncovered, 20 to 25 minutes, until the filling is set like custard and lightly browned. Remove the onion cake from the oven and cool 30 minutes.
8To serve, cut into slim wedges (for appetizer portions) or medium-size wedges (for a main course).

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Vegetables, Pork
Main Ingredient: Vegetable
Regional Style: German
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy
Hashtags: #creamy, #hearty