Red Onion Tarte Tatin

This recipe was one of the first recipes that I had decided to try out when I bought the recipe book in which it was published.  And then, for one reason or another, I never got around to making it.  The other day I was looking for another recipe and I saw this one.  I remembered that I had a few red onions and fresh thyme sitting in the pantry and immediately changed my plans… no more quiche for dinner… we were going to have a red onion tarte Tatin!  The recipe is really simple but looks and tastes great!  The onions are sweet and caramelised but still a bit tart thanks to the vinegar: a very pleasant combination of flavours especially for people who like sweet and sour dishes like me.  The pastry is a very simple pâte brisée that comes together in a few minutes and it is deliciously flaky and it can be used both for sweet and savoury pies/tarts as it does not contain sugar.  I served it as a main dish together with a green salad on the side, but it would be great for an appetiser served as mini tarts.

Recipe adapted from “Cuocere al forno”, Gribaudo – Parragon 2003”

Ingredients (for a 24 cm – 9.5 inches springform pan):
1 dose of pâte brisée as shown in the Techniques page
60 gms – 4 tbsp butter
6 tsp sugar
500 gms – 1 pound red onions, cut in wedges
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
2 tbsp fresh thyme leaves

Pate brisee

Put the butter and sugar in a frying pan and let them melt until well combined.

Add the red onion wedges and cook them on a slow fire for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring until caramelised.  Add the vinegar and thyme, salt and pepper and let the onions cook till the liquid is fully absorbed.

Roll out your pâte brisée in a round shape and keep it aside.

Cover the base of the springform pan with baking paper and put onions on it.

Cover them with the pâte brisée circle and tuck the pastry well on the sides.

Bake in a preheated fan forced oven at 180°C – 350°F for 20-25 minutes (or until golden).

When ready take it out of the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes so that the juices dry and caramelise.  Then flip over and serve.

Red Onion Tarte Tatin

Red Onion Tarte Tatin

Red Onion Tarte Tatin

Red Onion Tarte Tatin

Red Onion Tarte Tatin

Red Onion Tarte Tatin
I also want to take the time to thank Elies from Give Thanks for awarding Manu’s Menu with The Versitile Blogger Award!

Elies is a fantastic person and she is a very supportive fellow blogger!  Make sure you check out her wonderful site as it is full of yummy treats!

The rule is that I need to share 7 facts about me and then pass on the award to 15 other bloggers.  So here go my 7 facts:

  • I have only discovered twitter after I started blogging.  I have always been more of a “facebook person”, but I must admit that I am now becoming a twitter addict!
  • I love spicy food.  Now.  But I only started liking it in the last few years.  I still remember the first Indian meal I had with my husband.  I ordered tandoori chicken and found it out-of-this-world spicy!  Hehehehe  Now, I eat my food spicier than my husband’s. ;-)
  • I have grown up watching Japanese cartoons/anime on TV (like ALL Italian children)…my favourite was Captain Tsubasa (known in Italy as “Holly & Benji”) as it was about soccer and I have always liked soccer.
  • My favourite flowers are tulips.
  • Both my girls have 2 names: Victoria Celeste and Georgia Maya, while I only have one: Manuela.
  • I always have my espresso “macchiato”… “macchiato caldo” to be precise, which means I like it with a dash (and only a DASH) of hot milk.
  • I love to draw but I seldom do it as I do not have a lot of free time.  I did however make some paintings to decorate my daughters’ rooms.

And now time to pass on the Versatile Blogger Award to all these amazing bloggers and friends… Enjoy!

Beth from Beth Michelle

Giulia from Alter Kitchen

Katherine from Katherine Martinelli

Lindsey from Lindselicious!

Lyn from My little Messy n Cheeky

MJ from MJ’s Kitchen

Paola from An Italian Cooking in the Midwest

Paolo from Quatro Fromaggio

Parsley Sage from The Deep Dish

Ray from Wok with Ray

Reem from Simply Reem

Sandra from Sandra’s Easy Cooking

Sawsan from Chef in Disguise

Tiffany from Como Water

Tina from Pinay Cooking Corner

I am adding an extra blogger.  She is not a food blogger, but she is a very talented photographer and a very good friend of mine!  This Versatile Blogger Award goes to you too Nat from Nat Bottacin Photography! <3

Thank you again Elies from Give Thanks!!! <3

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On a completely different note, I want to share with you a place I have literally bumped into on the weekend.  It is a café in Surrey Hills, Sydney… an Italian café to be precise.  Everything in it reminded me of Italy.  Even the people who work there are all Italian and speak Italian and I have had the best coffee in town right there!  It is called Caffe Sicilia and they also sell food and pastries (even though I have not tried them).  If you are ever in the area, I recommend you stop for a real Italian espresso or cappuccino.


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  1. Rosa says:

    That tatin is fabulous and looks ever so good!



  2. erin says:

    This looks amazing. A great take on a classic :) I think this will be happening in our house quite soon!

  3. JasmyneTea says:

    It’s tarte tatin day today, lol! Yours looks so vibrant, it’s beautiful! Congrats on the award :)

  4. Alyssa says:

    I like this blog award, the seven facts are always so interesting. I very much enjoyed yours. And that onion tarte tatin! I used to think I hated onions, now they go in almost everything I make. It looks wonderful!

  5. Luciana says:

    Delicious tarte tatin! Beautiful photos!

  6. Curt says:

    That really looks good. I love red onions. Not just for their sweet flavor, but for the color.

  7. Manu this tart looks stunning. I love onion tarts (and savory tarts of all kinds) and next time I am trying this one for sure. I love how the bottom caramelizes. And thank you SO much for passing on the Versatile Blogger award to me, among other awesome bloggers! I’m honored.

  8. Suzi says:

    Just found your site and have really enjoyed it. The onion tart looks divine. I have not yet made a tart but after seeing this I am going to give it go. Love onions! Thanks!!

  9. PolaM says:

    Wow that tarte tatin looks amazing! I never thought of making it with red onions! I absolutely have to try!

    Thanks for the award! I will pass it on and choos 7 fun facts to tell you about me…

  10. Your tarte tatin looks absolutely beautiful – it’s glistening onion caramel. It’s funny – I do something very like this too, but instead of red wine vinegar I use a touch of balsamic. Congrats on the award, Manu.

  11. Love this tarte tatin! Its so pretty, the colors of the onions are so beautiful when cooked and caramelized like that!
    Thank you so much for passing the award on to me Manu!!

  12. Lilla says:

    Veramente un’idea stupenda questa tatin salata…qui amiamo le cipolle, anche in agrodolce, quindi ricetta promossa col massimo dei voti!

  13. I love sweet red onions. I have never made anything like this before, but is sounds like a great idea!

  14. twinky (@TheTwinkyCake) says:

    sai che non ho mai assaggiato una tarte tatin???? questa mi sembra deliziosa!!! congratulazioni per il premio, te lo meriti!!!

  15. Divya says:

    Manu, the tarte-tatin looks perfect! I’d love to try this in a mini tart version – it’ll be perfect for a dinner party!

  16. mjskit says:

    WOW! I have so much to say right now! Congratulations – you’re awesome!!!! And Thanks!!!!! It’s quite an honor coming from one of my most favorite bloggers! Love your 7 facts and now understand why my chile series is killing you. :) Love your girls’ names! Your tatin looks wonderful as all your food does. The step-by-step makes it look easy. I’ll be sure to stop by Caffe Silicia next time I’m in Sydney. :) :)

  17. Wow, Manu! Ryan & I love onions and seeing your gorgeous red onion tarte tatin just made me feel like drooling. I can just imagine the melt in your mouth goodness of the caramelized onions! Would love to try this soon!
    Congratulations on The Versatile Blogger Award and thanks for thinking of me again! :-*

  18. Reem says:

    Manu the red onion tart tatin looks absolutely delicious!!!!
    I love the colors and the picture are so full of life…

    Thanks so much for the award Manu, I am so excited, this being my first award it really special and above all coming from you….
    Thank you Thank you, Can’t wait to post my next post… :-)

  19. First of all..thank you so much for passing the award to me Manu..I am honored..

    I love the tarte tatin! the idea of using onions is brilliant! can’t wait to try it

    I loved knowing more about you..I love to draw too..but hardly have time now..and I grew up watching that same anime among others :) it is a small world afterall

  20. Lilly says:

    Don’t you just love red onions? I love them even more in a pie like this! Well done.
    Also congrats on your award!

  21. Lyn says:

    Red onion tarte-tatin is totally a very new dish to me but I love its beautiful color and sweet onions are the best! ;)
    I love it with fried eggs. Surprisingly, both my gals love onions a lot, so much that they can eat everyday! :D
    Congrats on your award and thank you very much for passing on to me too, Manu! I’m really very honored and happy to receive it from you. Thank you! :D
    I’d love to see your drawings/paintings some day! ;)

  22. What a fantastic use of red onions, I bet this is delicious when they get nice and caramelized like that!

  23. Eva says:

    Delicious, mouth watering. That tart is beautiful. I bet it would be amazing with a little Gorgonzola crumbled on top! Congrats on the award.

  24. Thanks so much for passing on the award Manu!! The color of that tart is so pretty. I love that you bake it upside down and flip it- how cool. But I would also freak out cause I am klutzy and would manage a way to break it in half… LOL!

  25. Wonderful recipe and pictures, it’s definitely a gorgeous dish. Thanks also for the award! I will be updating my “Thank You” page shortly :)

  26. Tiffany says:

    Thanks for the award Manu! And, I love that I am still learning about my fellow foodie friends! How COOL that you draw!!!! I’d love to see some of your drawings (perhaps you can feature some on your blog, ahem, hint, hint :D). I’d also love to taste this tarte tatin! Sweet caramelized onions + flaky crust = perfect breakfast, lunch, or dinner! :D

  27. Congrats on the award! Outside of sweet onions, I always go for the red ones. For some reason they last longer than the others. Your lovely picture is inspiring. I have yet to make a savory tart but this recipe looks like a good place to start.

  28. ray says:

    Oh, I really love it when one of my favorite blogger mentions my name and thought of including me in the line up. I am very honored, Manu — thank you! :) Just like you, I was also given just one name, while all my kids have two names, so what’s up with that, huh! :(

    I love the color of those caramelized onions in the pan they are vividly stunning!

  29. What a great looking onions sound perfect for this..and your photos are just wowwww..very beautiful!
    Thank you so very much for the award, and including in with all those wonderful bloggers! I am so very honored!

  30. Wow! This tarte tatin looks very yummy!
    And thanks a lot for your award.. it means a lot to me!
    Now I’ll have to think about 7 (or 14) things about me :D

  31. Oh, those colours are TDF. Also, I am adding your coffee recommendation to my ever-growing list…

  32. Hi Manuela, came across your site via Sawsan at The Chef in Disguise and have to say I love it! This is a really gorgeous recipe – love onion tarte tatin and the photos are stunning. Very impressive indeed. I´ll be back soon!

  33. Jay says:

    looks so yummy n lipsmacking..:)
    Tasty Appetite

  34. Manu, this Tarta Tatin is wonderful. In Peru we have a lot of red onion (white onion is not common), so this is something that I should try.
    We also had Captain Tsubasa, named here as Oliver, Oliver and Benji.

  35. Liz says:

    WOW, Manu….this looks incredible. I never heard of making a more savory tarte tatin, but I love this idea!

  36. Juliana says:

    Manu, beautiful tarte tatin…love the red onions…I still yet have to make one. Love the pictures as well.
    Hope you are having a great week and thanks for sharing this nice recipe :-)

  37. Amy says:

    I love tart’s and I love onions so this is a win-win for me. Perfect as a main meal with a salad!

  38. Nat says:

    Manu! Thanks so much for those lovely words you´ve written about me!! You´re the sweetest, girlie!!! Love ya!!

  39. SpicieFoodie says:

    Manu thank you for sharing this pretty and delicious sounding tarte tatin. I really need to make it and very soon. My thyme plant was the only survivor this season so I have plenty to use.
    Your photos are lovely. Congrats on the awards and I hope you find some free time for drawing:)

  40. Tandy says:

    I must try making a savoury tatin! Thanks for sharing with us – I also have my espresso machiato :)

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  42. kankana says:

    Red onions are so sweet and much flavorful than the white ones and when you caramelized it with butter and sugar .. yummy!
    Just wondering why did you do it upside down.. can we make the same in a tart pan ?

  43. What a beautiful tarte tatin! I love how onions are well caramelized. It’s my first time seeing oonion tarte tatin and looks so good! I was surprised to hear “Captain Tsubasa” from you! And Italian name is so interesting haha. I used to watch this show growing up as well. Congrats on the awards and it was fun reading more about you! ;-)

    • Manu says:

      Hehehehe I think we grew up watching the same anime! I also remember “ochamegami monogatari KoloKolo Polon”, “Candy Candy”, “Alps no Shoojo Heidi”, “Ohayoo Supanku”, “Versailles no bara”, “Rupan sansei”, “Attack, Number One!” and soooo many more (I hope the names are right!)!!! hahahaha Amazing, isn’t it??? <3

  44. I’ve never had something like this but the onions look so yummy and sweet!

  45. Sandra says:

    What a beautiful savory tart and congratulations on your award.

  46. We love tarte tatin, we love red onions, we love sweet and sour. This is for us. Here in Milan caramelized onions with pastry are a trend these days in upscale restaurants.

  47. Parsley Sage says:

    Woo hoo! Thanks so much! Hooray for bloggy award love :) This onion tarte looks AMAZING! And I’m not even that big a fan of onions…texture thing. But the good thing about caramelizing them is they get all yummy and non-icky textured! Well done!

    …by the way…did you watch Sailor Moon?

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