“Don’t you want what I have?” she asks, feigning innocence. Her eyes say, “I am better than you.” I hesitate, not shameful, but convinced she couldn’t understand. “What you have is banal, unremarkable. I yearn for the exalted, more than I deserve, beyond your comprehension. I will endure rather than choose less.” I profess contentment, yet possess the greatest of restlessness. I’m content in this restlessness, perhaps.
I take a bite of my onion tart. Don’t you want what I have?
Zeewelkueche – Alsatian Onion Tart
- 1 9” tart dough recipe (pâte brisée or premade refrigerated shell)
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 onions cut lengthwise and thinly sliced (with mandolin if possible)
- pinch salt
- 1 egg
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ½ cup grated muenster cheese
- 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
- 1 pinch grated nutmeg
- freshly ground pepper
- Line tart pan with dough and dock using a fork. Freeze for at least 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Sauté onions in skillet with butter and salt until they are golden and tender (15-20 minutes).
- Cover tart shell with parchment and fill with rice or beans. Blind bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove parchment and rice and bake another 5 minutes until sides are barely starting to color. Remove from oven.
- In a bowl, whisk together egg, cream, cheese, thyme, nutmeg, and pepper. Add egg mixture to cooled onion mixture, scraping up brown bits from bottom of pan. Pour onion mixture into tart shell and spread evenly.
- Bake 25 – 30 minutes until filling and golden brown and set. If the edges brown too quickly, cover edges with foil.
- Cool 10 minutes and serve hot.