Tarts Are Easy: Caramelized Onion and Gruyère +/- Bacon
Tarts sound fancy, but a savory tart is essentially a pizza, but you are using pie crust instead of pizza dough. I love pie crust, but I don't always feel like having dessert. So I have been trying different ways to use pie crust and making savory tarts is one way.
Btw, the difference between a tart and a pie is that both have crusts, but a pie has a cover and tarts are uncovered. I have been making a lot of tarts because it allows me to get some goodness of the pie crust, but not too much since they are uncovered. :)
It's really easy. I just use pre-made pie crust and put some toppings on it. It is obviously faster to use pre-made pie crust, but also as I mentioned before, pre-made pie crust actually has a lot less calories and fat than homemade pie crust.
You could use most toppings and combinations that you put on a pizza. This is just one idea I had with stuff in my fridge: caramelized onions, gruyere cheese and bacon. If you don't eat bacon, onions & gruyere themselves are a classic combination -- like in French Onion soup and also in tarts and puff pastries.
Caramelized onions are pretty easy to make, but they take awhile to cook. I came up with a hack to make it even easier (Stay tuned for that post!). Usually when I cook caramelized onions, I cook a lot since it takes awhile and then I use them over a few days.
I have found that you can use part of refrigerated pie crust and put it back in the fridge and use it again later. Here I only used about 1/3 of 1 roll of pie crust (2 come in a pack) to make 2 tarts / pizza slices.
I just put some gruyere, onions and bacon on the tart and popped it in a 400 degree oven for 12-15 min. until the crust was golden and the cheese was melted. Yum!
Also, 1 of these tarts as I made it only has about maybe 175 or 200 calories. Not bad! It depends how big the tart is that you make and the amount of toppings you put. At this size, the pie crust part is only ~125-135 calories. It's the same or less than pizza.
It's so easy and good you should try it for yourself for your everyday meals. But you could also either use 1 whole pie crust to make 1 big tart or use 1 whole pie crust to make lots of tiny tarts for a party.
It's easy! Give it a try! We are good at this!