Sunday, February 1, 2009

Cheese Board and Onion Tart

This was another recipe from good old Auntie Beeb. It’s supposed to be a way to use up left over cheeses from the festive season, but I ask you, who ever has any left over cheese? I know we don’t. And while we’re on the subject of cheese, I must tell you about some delicious English cheese I got from Sam’s Club, in Joplin, Missouri. It was Wensleydale cheese, layered with Stilton, and what a fantastic combination it was. I have to say, this was the best cheese I’ve tasted since the last time I went back to England.

Anyway, on with the recipe. I have dispensed with the pastry making instructions, because as you all know, pastry and me don’t get along, but by all means make your own if you’re that way inclined.

I also made a few other changes, I thought two eggs was a bit on the stingey side, so I used four. I also chucked in a few chives for good measure. The recipe also called for the pastry to be cooked before adding the eggs, but whenever I make quiche I just bung everything in the pie, and stick it in the oven, so that’s what I did here. The oven temp also seemed a bit low at 320F, so I upped it to 375F, the edges of the crust did get a bit well done, but what the hell, it still tasted great. Hubby said he’d let me make this again. He’s just too kind. :-)

Cheese Board and Onion Tart


1 Pillsbury dough pie crust
2 onions, sliced into rings
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 eggs
1 cup heavy cream
3 ounces each, Stilton, Brie, Sharp Cheddar
Black pepper, to taste
1 tablespoon chives, chopped

  • Roll out crust and place in a pie dish, trim any excess pastry from edges.
  • Pre-heat oven to 375F
  • Heat oil in a large skillet over a medium heat, add onions and cook until golden, approx. 10 minutes.
  • In a large bowl beat eggs and cream, season with black pepper, and stir in the chives.
  • Chop the soft cheeses into small pieces, and shred the cheddar.
  • Scatter the cheeses in the pastry case, top with the onions, and pour in the egg mix. Bake for 35 – 40 minutes until set and golden brown.

Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.


Cheryl said...

Jan that looks amazing and I love reading your accent, LOL

Sara said...

This looks really delicious, it sounds like a great combination of cheeses!

Paula said...

I can sure see why your hubby said you could make this again! Oh heavenly yum! All that cream and the eggs and the onion totally works for me. And, you are right, who ends up with leftover cheese? I've not tried Wensleydale cheese, but I'm more than ready to! YUM! PS: Love your shiny table!

Pam said...

Can I come for dinner Jan. This looks amazing! I love onions and sharp cheese so this is calling my name.

Lakeland Jo said...

Jan- don't do this to me!! I love cheese, and I love any cheese and onion combo, and I am drooling.
Not on my diet though- not for a long time. Sob

Beth said...

I've bookmarked this one. Sounds delish

Maria said...

The tart looks incredible! Onions and cheese...oh so good!

Jan said...

What a lovely combo of cheeses and in a tart too - YUMMM!

Silverback said...

Found your blog from your comment on t'other Jan's blog !

Too many Jans spoil the no can't have too many Jans.

Anyway as I love a good recipe site, I hope you don't mind me jumping in here now and then. Oh and when you DO get to Harrods, remember there is a 'dress code' in place !

pamokc said...

Oh this looks divine and perfect on a cold day. This one is going to the husband for future reference and possible Sunday dinner :)

Jason said...

Hi Jan, thanks for the kind post! I didn't hang up my apron, January just got the best of me.
This recipe looks delicious, onions and those yummy cheeses, I'm in! I'm glad I am not the only one that can't make pie crust, isn't pilsbury a life saver?
Hope you are well!

Marjie said...

I'm with you in the pastry department. Isn't that Pillsbury "roll it into your own pie plate" crust one of the best inventions ever?!! I can't keep enough cheese in the house, either, but this cheese tart looks divine!

Kevin said...

This cheesy onion quiche looks and sounds great! I am still having troubles with pastry as well...

~~louise~~ said...

Nice blog Jan, I'm so busy right now but I willllllll.......return. Bookmarked!

P.S. I grew up in a home where we often had onions and eggs as an omelet on Fridays (we didn't eat meat on Fridays:) Your Onion Tart looks oh so comforting.

Thanks for sharing...

The Blonde Duck said...

That looks delicious! Is it anything like a quiche? I totally screwed up a quiche the other night and now I'm gun shy.

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Emily said...

This tart looks incredible! I'm going to look for that cheese next time I'm at Sam's.

Anonymous said...

Jan, I've made a similar recipe for Thanksgiving dinner. With mine, I cover the tart with another sheet of pastry and wash it with egg (gives it a nice shiney look). Also read another recipe that adds a little crumbled bacon; might be in my tart this year. Enjoy!!