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Tarte Flambée

Today I would like to introduce to you a very simple and delicious traditional dish of Alsace (eastern of France): the tarte flambée (in Alsatian Flammekueche or in German Flammkuchen). It's a sort of «Alsacian pizza», although its history is absolutely not related in any way with the famous Italian treat (except maybe as the inspiration for what is known today as «white pizzas»).

My first meeting with Miss Tarte Flambée was for a dinner at Michèle's place (my mom-in-law) in 2002. I was surprised by the simplicity and easily available materials for dressing up Ms Flambée and my, she is delicious too. Since then, I have met Ms Flambée several times, and I'm sure your friends and family would love her as much as we do.

Here's Michèle's recipe:

Tarte Flambée

Baking: about 20 minutes
Makes: 4 person

Ingredients
  • 500 g bread dough
  • 250 g fromage blanc (cottage cheese or quark)
  • 20 cl crème fraîche (sour cream)
  • 2 big onions (chopped)
  • 220 g thinly sliced bacon (cut in match sticks)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Salt, pepper and nutmeg powder
Directions
  1. Heat oven to about 220°C (425°F - gas mark 7).
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a pan and cook the onions, stirring over low heat for about 5 minutes. They must be soft and golden but not brown.
  3. In a big bowl, mix fromage blanc, crème fraîche, egg yolks, salt, pepper and nutmeg powder all together. Then mix in the onions and bacon.
  4. Roll out the bread dough until it is slightly smaller than the baking sheet and place it on the sheet.
  5. Spread the onion-bacon mixture over the dough.
  6. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the tart is lightly brown.
  7. Serve it with salad.
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Conclusion

It's in no way an high-end super-complicated dish to make, but it's certainly delicious and satisfying. I bought the bread dough directly from my favorite local bakery, and the delicious crust that it became made the experience even more enjoyable:-D

Note

You might want to let the dough rise before flattening it, then let it rise some more. Another version is using only crème fraîche without the eggs. Some people also add cheese or, mushrooms on top, but this is a departure from the original recipe.

Tarte Flambée
14 comments.
#1, by Kelly Mahoney (07/02/2007)

It looks rustic -- like something my grandmother would make. Also, judging by the ingredients, it looks savory as well.

#2, by Judy (07/02/2007)

That looks good. Another recipe to add to my 'must try' list.

#3, by Little Corner of Mine (07/02/2007)

It looks absolutely yummy! Feel like taking it out from the screen and eat it!:-D

#4, by Nora (07/02/2007)

Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing Michèle's recipe.

#5, by Sylvia (07/02/2007)

Those tart looks fantastic as your blog.Thanks for share this wonderful recipe

#6, by Lynn (07/02/2007)

That looks delicious! Can I come to your house for breakfast?

#7, by tigerfish (07/03/2007)

If pasta comes in marinara and carbonara, then this will be pizza (almost carbonara)...since it's white-based pizza!

#8, by Cynthia (07/03/2007)

That is some serious food. Send me a slice.:-)

#9, by Fénix (07/03/2007)

Yummmmm-o! I am going to give this recipe a try. Oh, yes. Thanks!:-)

#10, by Olivier (07/03/2007)

La Flammekueche, c'est très bon apéritif, cela ouvre l'appétit.

#11, by wokandspoon (07/03/2007)

Hey that looks good. Very savoury and I imagine that you can add a variety of toppings as well!

#12, by eastmeetswestkitchen (07/03/2007)

Looks so tasty... another recipe to try!

#13, by ming the merciless (07/03/2007)

Oh my! It looks fantastic. It reminds me of the onion tarts I ate in Paris. Yummy!

I would love a couple slices of that with a big glass of Orangina Rouge.

#14, by Amanda (07/05/2007)

I love this yet I've never made it. Delicious!