Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Apple Tarts

Featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on December 18, 2013.



Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Apple Tarts

  • 2-1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large Maui onions, sliced
  • 1 large apple, peeled, cored, and finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 4 strips hickory smoked bacon, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 26 mini phyllo shells, prepared according to package directions (available in the freezer section)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons butter and olive oil over medium low heat in a large nonstick skillet.
  2. Add onions, cover, and cook 40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.
  3. Remove lid and cook an additional 10 minutes, or until caramelized.
  4. While onions are cooking, in a small frying pan over medium heat, add chopped apples, remaining 1/2 tablespoon butter, and brown sugar; sauté for 10 to 12 minutes, or until apples are softened and lightly browned; set aside.
  5. Wipe pan clean and place bacon in it.
  6. Sauté over medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until crispy, stirring occasionally; drain on paper towels.
  7. To assemble, place caramelized onions, cooked apples and bacon, and salt in a small bowl and mix well.
  8. Evenly distribute the mixture among the mini phyllo shells.
  9. Top evenly with crumbled gorgonzola.

Makes 13 servings.

Approximate Nutrient Analysis per serving:
120 calories, 7 g fat, 2.5 g saturated fat, 10 mg cholesterol, 200 mg sodium, 12 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5 g sugar, 3 g protein


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