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Tarte Flambee (Alsatian Bacon & Onion Tart)

Chef John

"While this is a pizza almost everywhere else, in certain places on the German/French border, it goes by the totally dessert-sounding name of tarte flambée. Here we're using bacon, onions, and a creamy cheese mixture as toppings."
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40 m servings 657 cals
Original recipe yields 4 servings (4 tartes flambee)

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  1. Place bacon in a skillet and cook over medium-high heat until cooked but not crisp and fat has rendered out, about 8 minutes. Drain in a strainer; reserve the fat.
  2. Place skillet back over medium heat. Add sliced onions. Cook briefly just until they lose their raw edge and soften up slightly, 3 to 5 minutes. Add a teaspoon or 2 of bacon fat if pan seems too dry. Remove skillet from heat and allow to cool to room temperature.
  3. Mix fromage blanc, creme fraiche, nutmeg, salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper together in a mixing bowl.
  4. Place 1 ball of pizza dough on a well-floured surface. Flatten and roll out to a 10- or 12-inch thin circle. Transfer to a cold cast iron pan. Heat over medium-high heat to pre-cook the bottom of the crust. As dough heats and bubbles appear, deflate them with the tines of a fork so crust ends up thin and crisp (not chewy). When bottom is nicely browned and just about to start getting charred, 5 to 7 minutes, remove from heat. Repeat with remaining dough.
  5. Spread a generous amount of cheese mixture over the crust. Top evenly with some onions and then the bacon. Broil 5 or 6 minutes until edges are browned and starting to lift. Repeat for remaining tartes.


  • Chef's Note:
  • Once your crust is pre-browned and topped you can finish it under the broiler as I did. Or the other method would be to pop it in a 500 degree F oven, for until it's cooked to your preferred doneness, 7 to 10 minutes. Or, you can actually do both: start it in a hot oven, and then give it a minute under the broiler to seal the deal.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 657 calories; 26.9 g fat; 71.7 g carbohydrates; 27.7 g protein; 68 mg cholesterol; 1637 mg sodium. Powered by the ESHA Research Database © 2018, ESHA Research, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Came as close as possible to the original Tarte Flambe I had in Strasbourg. Loved it and so did my husband. Will definitely make it again. I used small chopped ham instead of bacon to give it...