Alsatian Onion Cake

INGREDIENTS:

12 oz. prepared pizza or bread dough
16 oz. container sour cream
1 lb. onions, diced (about 3-4 large onions, or 4-5 medium onions)
4 eggs, slightly beaten
4 oz. Schoch Family Farmstead Gouda, grated (or other cheese of your choice)
1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
2 oz. butter (4 tablespoons)
Salt and pepper, to taste

 Garnish: New Natives microgreens mix of broccoli sprouts, sunflower shoots, pea shoots and radish sprouts lightly dressed with balsamic dressing

Equipment: 10 x 2 inch spring form pan

METHOD:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly spray spring form pan sides and bottom with non-stick vegetable spray.

Roll out pizza or bread dough into a 12-inch circle. Place the dough in the 10 x 2 inch spring form pan. Press the dough at least 1 inch up sides of the mold. Set aside.

Preheat a heavy pan or pot, melt butter and add diced onions. Season with salt and pepper and cook slowly for 20 minutes or until onions are tender and caramelized to a rich, golden color. Add fresh thyme and set aside to cool slightly.

Whisk together sour cream and eggs. Stir in grated cheese. Pour mixture over the cooked onions and mix until well combined. Check seasoning!

Pour sour cream and onion mixture into the dough lined spring form pan – the mixture will almost reach the rim.

Place in oven and bake for 45 minutes, or until filling is set. Filling should wobble slightly when shaken, similar to cheesecake.

Allow to cool slightly before serving. Remove sides of spring from pan. Divide into 10 or 12 even pieces and serve with a side of your favorite salad. (I used a mix of New Natives microgreens including broccoli sprouts, sunflower shoots, pea shoots and radish sprouts lightly dressed with balsamic vinaigrette.) 

 

FARM PARTNERS:

Phil Foster (Pinnacle) for onions, New Natives for microgreens, Schoch Family Farmstead for cheese, Route 1 for fresh thyme 

 

SOURCE:

Chef Udo Prambs, CMC
Chef Instructor, French Culinary Institute
700 W. Hamilton Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
Website: www.frenchculinary.com

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