Apple and Caramelized Onion Mini Tarts

Hi everyone, Jess here.  

This recipe I’m going to share didn’t come out as good as I had hoped, mostly because it was too busy of a day to attempt it.  It was still tasty though, so I’ll call this one a definite do-over!  The savory flavor of the onion against the apple and cheese is a nice combination when apple season is in full swing.

You’ll need little three inch rounds of pizza dough to make these, so I’d recommend saving them until you are having a “make your own pizza night”, baking a calzone, or otherwise have some pizza dough handy. Puff Pastry sheets would work as well, make it your own!  

I started caramelizing the onions amidst the chaos of the family.  This is never a good idea as when you’re caramelizing something, you want to keep an eye on the temperature.  I didn’t do this and charred some of my onion. Next time I’ll caramelize the onion ahead of time when a quiet moment arises.  Im the meantime, the show must go on!


The caramelized onions and gently sautéed apples go on top of little rounds of pizza dough.  Next they are topped with a savory cheese, such as fontina. Creme Fraiche or Sour Cream would work too. I used gouda because that was what was handy.  


After baking, these came out pretty tasty, charred onions aside!  I’ll definitely be trying these again when I foresee some time without interruption. 

Apple Tarts with Caramelized Onion (based on a recipe from an old stop and shop card in my pile of “recipes to test”)

1/2 pound Pizza Dough (use the other half to make pizza!)

1 pat butter

1 onion, thinly sliced

1 apple, peeled cored and thinly sliced

1 oz fontina cheese, sour cream, gouda, creme fraiche, gruyere, or use your imagination!

1 dash of nutmeg

salt and ground pepper to taste

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grease a baking sheet.

Cut dough into 12 pieces, roll each piece of dough into a circle, about 3 inches in diameter.

Melt butter into a sauté pan over medium heat. Add onion and a dash of salt. Stir and lightly brown the onions, lowering the heat as needed. About 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.  

Add the apples and nutmeg to the onion and cook until the apples are crisp tender, 

Carefully top your dough circles with the apple and onion mixture (you might have extra topping, enjoy it!)

Bake for 10 minutes, or until your dough begins to brown slightly.  Top with your cheese (or creme fraiche, or sour cream, etc). Serve warm and enjoy!


About Jess

Jess Anderson is the creator of CSA|365 and is passionate about the local food movement. A long time member of Springdell and a busy mother of two, Jess loves keeping her family fed by honest local food.