Enjoy a Bacon, Onion and Spinach Tart for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It’s yummy, and filled with caramelized onions, cheese, spinach & bacon.
If you’re interested in an absolutely scrumptious recipe that can do double duty as either breakfast, lunch OR dinner, may I suggest this bacon, onion and spinach tart? How convenient it is to make this tart, then have it in the fridge to enjoy the leftovers throughout the week!
Caramelized onions are the unabashed star of this dish, as their flavor and sweetness permeate every bite! Add some bacon, spinach, cheese, and eggs to the filling, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous recipe! Here’s how to make this flavor-packed bacon, onion and spinach tart.
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Prepare The Crust For The Tart
For this tart, feel free to use either a homemade pie crust OR a purchased, refrigerated rolled, flat pie crust. Roll the dough out, and fit the pie crust into a 9″ tart pan (with a removable bottom). Press the dough into the sides of the pan, then trim away excess crust from the top edge. You will want the top edge of the crust to be flush with the pan.
Use the tines of a fork to prick the dough in several places on the sides and bottom. Keep the prepared crust in the refrigerator while the filling for the tart is made.
Cook The Bacon And Spinach
Cut 4 strips of bacon crosswise into small thin strips. I use kitchen scissors and stack the bacon strips to quickly cut the pieces. Place the bacon strips into a large non-stick skillet and cook on Medium heat, stirring often. Cook the bacon for approximately 6-8 minutes.
Add 6 cups of fresh baby spinach into the skillet with the bacon. It looks like a lot of spinach, but will greatly reduce in size as it cooks. Continue to stir and cook for 1 minute, or until the spinach has wilted. Transfer the bacon/spinach mixture out of the skillet with a slotted spoon. Place on a plate lined with paper towels, to absorb excess grease.
Caramelize The Onions
Caramelized onions will take about 25 minutes to turn out perfect, so plan ahead! Place sliced onions, dried thyme and (part of) the salt into the same large skillet you cooked the bacon/spinach in. Turn the heat to MEDIUM, and put a lid on the skillet.
Cook the onions (covered) for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook (covered) until the onions have caramelized. They will also reduce in size as they become browned and fully cooked. The longer they cook, the more caramelized and sweeter the onions become! TIP: PREHEAT your oven while the onions are cooking!
Once the onions have caramelized, take the skillet off the heat, stir, then let them cool, uncovered, for 5 minutes.
Prepare The Bacon, Onion And Spinach Tart For Baking
Now it’s time to make the filling for the Bacon, Onion and Spinach Tart! In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, pepper and remaining salt until fully combined. Stir in the bacon and spinach mixture. Add the cooled caramelized onions, and stir until all ingredients are incorporated.
Carefully pour the tart filling into the prepared crust. The filling will come very close to the top of the crust. Make sure the spinach and bacon are evenly distributed in the filling. Now the bacon, onion and spinach tart is ready for baking.
Bake And Broil
Bake the tart at 375°F. for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325°, and bake another 20 minutes at the lower temperature. Remove the tart from the oven and turn the oven to the BROIL setting. Sprinkle the top of the tart with shredded cheese, then place the tart about 6″ from the broiler heating element. Let it broil for 1-2 minutes, or only until the cheese has melted!. Keep an eye on it so you don’t burn the top!
Transfer the bacon, onion and spinach tart to a wire rack and let it cool about 5 minutes, before you attempt to slice and serve it.
Slice And Serve The Bacon, Onion and Spinach Tart
Carefully remove the tart rim from the tart by pushing up from the bottom to separate the tart from the metal rim. Slice the tart into 8 slices, serve, and enjoy! Keep any leftovers covered and refrigerated for up to 4-5 days.
The leftovers can be easily microwaved to reheat, which makes this delicious tart a perfect choice to enjoy again for breakfast, lunch or dinner the next day! When we had this for dinner, we enjoyed it served with fresh fruit and Pistachio Asparagus In Orange Sauce!
I really do love the versatility of this dish! The leftovers are wonderful as they hold up well taste-wise, even after being refrigerated for several days! I’m confident you’re going to enjoy this meal. Thanks for stopping by, and I invite you to come back again soon for more family friendly recipes. Take care, and have a GREAT day!
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Recipe adapted from and printed from original source in April, 2018 at FamilyCircle.com
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Enjoy a Bacon, Onion and Spinach Tart for breakfast, lunch or dinner! It's yummy, and filled with caramelized onions, cheese, spinach & bacon.
- 1 refrigerated rolled pie crust or homemade
- 4 slices bacon crosswise cut into ¼" strips
- 6 cups baby spinach leaves
- 1½ pounds yellow onions (about 4) cut into ¼" slices (about 6 cups total)
- ¾ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon dried thyme
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup half and half
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese or Gruyere
Roll out dough; fit it into a 9" tart pan (with removable bottom). Press dough into sides of pan; trim away excess crust from top edge, so top of crust is flush with pan. Use fork tines to prick dough on sides and bottom. Refrigerate crust while making tart filling.
Cut 4 strips of bacon crosswise into small thin strips. Place bacon strips in a large non-stick skillet. Cook on Medium heat, stirring often. Cook approx. 6-8 minutes. Add spinach. Continue to stir; cook for 1 minute, or until spinach has wilted. Transfer bacon/spinach mixture out of skillet with a slotted spoon. Place on plate lined with paper towels, to absorb excess grease. Do not clean skillet.
Place onions, thyme and ¼ teaspoon salt into the same skillet. Turn to Medium heat; put a lid on skillet. Cook onions (covered) for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Continue to cook (covered) until onions have caramelized, softened and are a rich brown color. When done, remove skillet from heat. Stir, then let them cool, uncovered, for 5 minutes. TIP: Preheat oven to 375°F. while onions are cooking.
In large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, pepper and remaining ½ tsp. salt until combined. Stir in bacon/spinach. Add cooled onions; stir until combined. Carefully pour filling into crust, making sure spinach/onions/bacon are evenly distributed.
Bake at 375°F. for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325°, and bake another 20 minutes at lower temperature. Remove tart from oven, and turn oven to BROIL setting. Sprinkle top of tart with shredded cheese. Place tart about 6" from broiler heating element. Let it broil for 1-2 minutes, or until cheese has melted. Keep an eye on it so you don't burn the top! Transfer tart to wire rack. Let cool 5 minutes before removing from tart pan, slicing and serving.
Carefully remove metal rim from the tart by pushing up from the bottom to separate tart from outer rim. Cut into 8 slices, serve, and enjoy! Keep any leftovers covered/refrigerated up to 4-5 days.
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