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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Pepperoni Calzones

I planned on making pizzas.  I’ve never made pizza at home before but I like making dough so I thought it would be fun to try.  It was a fun idea but after I made the dough, I got scared.  All I kept reading about making pizza was about using a pizza stone – and I don’t have one!  So… I lost my nerve. 

That’s why we had pepperoni calzones and not pepperoni pizza!

I had already made the pizza dough using this pizza dough recipe.  It’s a great recipe!  The dough was beautiful to work with and even more important, tasted amazing!

The calzone filling was easy.  I used a bunch of ricotta cheese (3 cups probably), shredded mozzarella (maybe 1 cup), about 1/2 cup of parmesan, an egg, some fresh chopped parsley and voila, calzone filling!  Oh yeah – I had pepperoni slices so I cut about a ton of them in half and mixed them in with the cheese mixture.

I made 4 large calzones and a side of Traditional Tomato Sauce to dip them in.  I’ve seen where people put the sauce in the calzone before they close it and bake it, but to me, that’s a stuffed pizza – not a calzone like I’m used to. 

I brushed them with an egg wash and baked them at 400° for about 25 minutes.  They were so good! Everyone liked them… Yeah!
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(I did have trouble getting them to stay sealed but not much leaked out!)
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