Caramelized Onion and Bacon ‘Tart’

Well… not EXACTLY a tart because I don’t have a tart pan… But I tried to make it look like a tart…
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(That’s my attempt at making a pie look like a tart)

This was a great recipe and although it was easy, it took me a while.  I don’t know why either… My pie (tart) crust took no time at all because my husband got me a food processor for my birthday and it takes about a minute to make pie crust with it!!  Best invention ever, even if you only use it for pie crust!  (Oh sorry, I mean tart crust.)

Anyway, the link to the recipe is here.  Basically you cut bacon into 1/2″ pieces and fry them. 
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You take the bacon out of the pan and almost all of the bacon grease but leave a tablespoon because you’ll be frying 4 small onions in that grease.
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You fry them over medium high heat for about 8 minutes & then add some thyme (tablespoon) & salt (pinch).  Then you reduce the heat to medium low and cook them until they’re really brown and soft (the recipe says 20 minutes but I took them off the heat before that because I was getting scared they would burn) (and actually before that I added two tablespoons of butter for the same reason!).

While that’s going on, take a cup of whole milk ricotta & an egg yolk, a little thyme, a pinch of salt & 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan cheese and mix them all together.  Spread that mixture evenly across the tart shell.
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Sprinkle the onions over the cheese mixture.
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Sprinkle a tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese over the onions.  Then top with the crispy crumbled bacon.
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Then you bake it at 350° for 30-40 minutes (until the edge of the mixture starts to brown).

You might have to double check the recipe for the baking part because I haven’t put it in the oven yet so I might not have memorized that exactly… But I can’t wait!  I love bacon & onion together… And ricotta too?  Oh man, this is gonna be good!!!!

I was too excited to share this so that’s why I’m posting even before I’ve tried it.  How could it be bad?!?

Ok so I had to edit so I could tell you how unbelievably good this was!!!! It’s absolutely delicious… Heavenly actually!!! And to post pics after baking…
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Potato Skins… Or Twice Baked Potatoes (!?)

Being that today is Sunday and that means football, I decided we should have a football-appropriate snack.  I decided to make Potato Skins.

I don’t usually have regular potatoes because for most things I make, I prefer red potatoes.  So… I decided to try and make Red Potato Skins!  I turned the oven to 425° and prepped my 8 potatoes.  I decided I better coat them in a little oil because I wanted the skin to get a little crispy, not soft.  And I put a little Kosher salt on the skin after that.  They took about 45 minutes to get soft enough.  I let them cool.

Besides the potatoes I had everything on hand – except chives.  Not a problem.  I diced up an onion and caramelized it over low heat in a skillet.  But then I had an inspiration!  I would throw my bacon in with the onions and add a little garlic (why not?) and add it to the soft potato mixture! 

When the potatoes were cooled, I halved them and scooped the innards out and put it in a bowl.  Not real appetizing.  Kinda dry looking.  So I melted some butter (half a stick) and added it.  Better… But it needed something else.  Milk!  And salt and pepper!  Hmmm!  Now I have mashed potatoes in my bowl!  Did I mean to do that?  Oh well! 

I added my (drained) bacon, onions & garlic and about a cup of shredded cheddar.  I tasted it… Added some more salt.  Tasted again… Pretty good!! 

I loaded my potato skins with my potato mixture and topped them with more cheddar (didn’t measure!) and threw them in the oven at 400° for about 15 minutes. 

The family went nuts over them, everyone REALLY liked them!  But I wonder… Did I make my own version of Potato Skins or did I just make Twice Baked Potatoes??? 

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