This tarte tatin hits that irresistible sweet-and-sour combo: sweet comes from roasty onions, balsamic and a touch of sugar; vinegar lends sour notes. The series of reductions intensify the flavors and create what is basically a pan sauce. Serve a slice of this tarte tatin with a salad for a light meal or alongside your favorite cut of beef for a heartier dinner.

Source:, October 2019


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30 mins
1 hr


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  • Pulse flours, shortening, Parmesan and 1/4 teaspoon of the salt in a food processor until a coarse meal forms, 6 to 8 times. Add ice water, one tablespoon at a time and pulse until dough comes together but is not wet. Remove dough from food processor, press into a 6-inch diameter disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Chill 30 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a rolling boil over high. Trim stem ends from pearl onions; boil onions 2 minutes. Plunge in ice water; let stand 3 minutes. Pop onions from skins; discard skins.

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Heat oil in a 10-inch oven-proof stainless-steel skillet over high. Add onions and cook, stirring often, until caramelized, 4 to 5 minutes. Add wine and thyme and cook until reduced by half, about 1 minute. Stir in vinegar and sugar; cook until reduced by half and glazy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add stock, pepper and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt; reduce heat to medium, and simmer until onions are very tender and sauce coats onions but is not dry, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from heat.

  • Roll chilled dough into an 11-inch circle on a floured surface. Place dough circle over onion mixture in skillet and tuck edges down into the pan (trim off extra crust, if needed). Transfer to preheated oven.

  • Bake until golden brown, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes. Invert tart onto a plate, and garnish with additional thyme.

Nutrition Facts

about 4 ounces
339 calories; protein 9g; carbohydrates 46g; dietary fiber 2g; sugars 13g; fat 5g; saturated fat 5g; calcium 156mg; potassium 43mg; sodium 444mg; added sugar 4g.