Thank YOU: Onion Tart

by simplylife on May 9, 2011

Can I tell you what frustrates me?  Computer stuff.  I’m shocked and amazed at how much I’ve learned over the past (almost) two years of blogging; however, just when I thought I had a grip on things I realized how far I have yet to go.

So, to begin, I would like to properly thank you, my wonderful, loyal, dedicated readers for sticking by me as I stumble my way through all this “tech” stuff.  I would especially like to thank you for responding to my plea for help post yesterday.  You helped me to know I didn’t completely ruin everything, which means YOU helped to keep my sanity.


So when I realize that I can learn Arabic quicker than HTML and feel that I’ve wasted an entire day off sitting in front of a computer with nothing to show (except panic that I’ve lost all my wonderful readers) do you know what I do to relax?  I cook.  Well, okay, I lied.  First, my patient husband who has exams this week and needs every second he can get (and knows nothing about blogs) calms me down and somehow figures things out.  Then, I cook.


There’s something so soothing about mixing a bunch of ingredients together, that are nearly inedible and undesirable on their own, to create something fragrant, nourishing and delicious for myself and someone I love.  


This dish is humble and modest yet it’s flavor is anything but ordinary.  It can be served to friends on a casual night or to strangers you’re hoping to impress.   It brings together simple ingredients: onions, swiss cheese, flour and thyme to create something you’ll want to recreate over and over.


Onion Tart
Adapted from My Recipes

Pie Crust (Adapted from Food Network):

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3 tbs. cold butter, cut into pieces
1 egg
2 tbs. milk


Filling (Adapted from My Recipes):
2 tbs. olive oil
2 onions, sliced
Thyme, to taste
Salt and pepper, to taste
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup swiss cheese, shredded

Directions:

1.  Start by preparing the crust.  (The original directions have you do this in a food processor which I don’t have; if I did, I would definitely use it here).  Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.  Add the butter slowly and beat (or pulse) together until butter pieces are about the size of peas.  Beat the egg and milk in a bowl then add to the mixture.  Mix (or pulse) together until the dough sticks together (it may still be a little crumbly).  Pour dough onto a lightly floured surface and gather into a ball.  Lightly flatten then cover in plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.

2.  After dough has chilled, make the filling.  Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat 1 tbs. oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onions, thyme, salt and pepper and cook about 12 minutes, until onions have browned but are not burned, stirring frequently.

3.  Roll dough out onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.  Spread onion mixture, leaving a 1-1 1/2 inch border.  Sprinkle feta swiss cheese over top.  Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.  Serve and enjoy!

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~Speaking of computer problems, I was attempting to transfer my blog to BlueHost this weekend.  For some reason, I had the impression this would give me endless template options to have layouts, picture sizes and everything else at my fingertips.  Apparently, this isn’t nearly as easy as I thought it would be and I’m finding those options available only if I buy even more products (which I think I can just do through my current site?).  ANY FEEDBACK about this process, and/or self-hosting in general, is GREATLY appreciated!
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  • Erica

    Glad you got things figured out! Technical problems are SO frustrating!! And this looks wonderful! I am a huge onion fan…unfortunately the man is not. The thought of onions mixed with melty swiss sounds just delicious

  • Hamaree Rasoi

    Good to hear that you are relaxed now after getting positive response from your last post. Nice onion tart..

    Deepa
    Hamaree Rasoi

  • Lauren at Keep It Sweet

    This tart sounds amazing! The computer stuff is definitely my least favorite part of blogging!

  • Design Wine and Dine

    This tart is a thing of beauty! Love the simple pie crust too!

  • chopinandmysaucepan

    I think you should draw comfort that you are not alone about being stuck with the tech stuff. I've also been stuffing around with my blog and you are right about having so much to learn. Taking it out on cooking shows – your onion tart looks beaut by the way! :)

  • Hester Casey – Alchemy

    I agree with Design Wine and Dine – this really is a thing of beauty. Cheese and onion are perfect together. You really have taken simple ingredients and transformed them into something special. Hope your hosting issues get sorted.

  • savoringeverybite

    I dread technical issues! Put me in the kitchen any day to figure out a recipe, but don't leave me to fix anything pc related! good luck! In the meantime, a glass of wine with your onion tart on a weekday night would be perfect!!

  • aipi

    Whoa! That looks insanely delicious ~ the crust n the onion filing both is rocking!
    US Masala

  • Daisy

    tech stuff can be a real pain! good luck figuring it all out. the tart looks delicious!

  • Rosa’s Yummy Yums

    A magnificent tart! The ingredients you used are so delicious. Yummy!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

  • Belinda @zomppa

    Tart is looking tart-licious!

  • Tasha

    This recipe is bookmarked and one that I will be trying soon! It sounds amazing!

  • Heather

    That tart looks amazing.

    I bet those toppings would be great on a pizza as well. I love pizza.

    Good luck with your tech issues!

  • Nicole@HeatOvenTo350

    So sorry about the technical problems. I know just how frustrating they are! The tart looks amazing!

  • decocinasytacones

    THat looks amazing!.
    You know what?, I also hate computer stuff, I hate it.
    Love from Spain

  • foodFitnessFreshAir

    Oh my gosh that looks and sounds delicious!

  • brocstar

    Cooking is good for your mental health.

  • Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    I agree that after all this time, I still get so turned around with computer stuff. So frustrating.
    The onion tart looks absolutely delicious! I made my first tart in a cooking class a while back and just loved it!

  • yummychunklet

    That's a great looking onion tart! Yum!

  • Shannon @ My Place In The Race

    Whoa…yes please! :) That looks crazy tasty! I love onions!

  • Natalie

    That looks like a delicious tart! The pie crust ingredients are so simple too :)

  • Junia

    so glad everything worked out with blogger. :) tart looks delicious!!! carmelized onion in a pastry only sounds great~~~ mmmm.

  • Debbie B.

    Ok, this looks fabulous!! My mouth is watering!

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog)

    this tart looks so rustic and wonderful!

  • Deborah

    I am not a computer person at all – I wish I was!! This looks absolutely amazing!

  • Errign

    Something about this is just screaming "make thisssss" to me! Adding to bookmarks!

  • Megan

    Lovely tart…. just delicious! Thank goodness for a husband's soothing words~! Beautiful post -

  • Meri

    I wish I had advice for you, but I'm just a blogger girl myself out of fear, mostly. This onion tart looks so good. I need to go home and make some dinner, stat!

  • We Are Not Martha

    I love onion tarts and yours is so, so beautiful and rustic-looking!

    Sues

  • Elaine

    YUm!!! That looks delish!!!!

  • Mo ‘Betta

    Wish I could be of help with computer issues, but nope, can't do it. HTML codes drive me bonkers and make me feel like an idiot! Glad you're getting things worked out. I've got a lot of work I want to do on my blog, but I know it will be a long, involved process with a lot of swearing and maybe tears, so I've been putting it off! This onion tart looks delicious however!

  • Caitlin

    Wow! This looks so delicious, I love it. The crust looks unbelievable.

  • Jolene – EverydayFoodie

    I am totally HTML illiterate too – I hate it, and I get SO frustrated sometimes with computer stuff. Luckily people are very helpful!

    I have considered switching from Blogger to WordPress, but I am too scared.

  • Priya

    Very addictive and flavourful tart,yumm!

  • Maria

    I adore grilled, cooked, stewed, caramelised, anything onions so this tart sounds just perfect!

  • Sarena Shasteen – The Non-Dairy Queen

    The tart is beautiful! I bet is tasted incredible too! YUM!

  • Beauty and Health Editor

    Well, that looks appetising…I love patries and pies.

  • Sweet And Crumby

    Your tart looks devourable. I would have trouble holding back if I were left alone with it. I am terrible at the techie stuff as well, and my husband who is fabulous at everything having to do with computers somehow "doesn't get" WordPress. Hmmm…maybe there is some pent up hostility towards my blogging perhaps?

  • Grace In Full Measure

    This dish sounds really good! Onion and cheese are a good mix. Yum!

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