Tarte Flambee

Tarte flambee is also known as flammekueche, but I prefer a blog title I can pronounce.

It’s an Alsatian dish of a rolled out dough and traditionally topped with creme fraiche, onions, and lardons. Lardons are strips of pork belly – essentially bacon.

So you can think of tarte flambee as a fancy French pizza. But just because it’s French and fancy-sounding doesn’t mean it’s hard to make.

In fact, I found out that it’s dangerously easy to recreate at home.

I’ve tried different versions of tarte flambee from restaurants in Boston, including Sandrine’s Bistro and Brasserie Jo. I remember the dough being flat and thin but sturdy. I wanted to make my homemade version similar to the restaurants, but I was too lazy to make my own pizza dough. So I just used a favorite shortcut:

The buttery puff pastry transforms into a flat base for the tarte flambe, and it is blanketed with two magnificent ingredients: thick cut bacon and creme fraiche.

I bought slab bacon from Whole Foods but you can also use regular bacon and cut it into strips before frying. Once the bacon starts to brown, you remove it and cook the onions in the same pan, infusing it with the smoky bacon flavor. I suggest cooking a little bit of extra bacon because you’ll probably be tempted to nibble on it while making this tarte flambee.

Creme fraiche is a rich and tangy cream, similar to sour cream, but even thicker. I saw other tarte flambee recipes use sour cream instead, or fromage blanc. But creme fraiche is the creamiest. If you want to cut back on calories, I suspect Greek yogurt could work too.

I also sprinkled some shredded Gruyere on top, and finished it off with some fresh chives.

Served with a simple side salad, this was an easy dinner, and also made for great leftovers.  I really liked the creamy cheese and I especially liked the salty bacon strips. Tarte flambee, flammekuecheflammkuchen, Alsatian pizza, you can call it whatever you want.  You can even skip the extra cheese and the chives. Just don’t skimp on the bacon.

Tarte Flambee

Ingredients

1 sheet frozen puff pastry
1/2 Spanish onion, chopped
1/3 lb slab bacon or thick cut bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup creme fraiche
1/2 cup gruyere, shredded
coarse sea salt and pepper, to taste
chives, for garnish

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  2. On a lightly floured surface, roll out your puff pastry. You can further stretch and flatten it using a rolling pin, so that it fits your baking sheet more evenly. Line a 9x12 baking sheet with parchment paper before fitting dough in.
  3. Place bacon in a medium skillet and cook over medium-high heat, stirring, until lightly browned and starting to crisp, about 7 minutes. Transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate and set aside. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of bacon fat and place skillet over medium-low heat.
  4. Add onions and season with salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, about 12 minutes. Remove onions from heat and set aside.
  5. In a small bowl, mix together creme fraiche, salt, and pepper. Spread the creme fraiche mixture over dough. Top with onions, bacon, and grueyere cheese.
  6. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the edges are puffy and golden. Sprinkle with chives and cut into squares before serving.

Have you ever tried tarte flambee? Do you have other easy French recipes?

   

26 Responses to “Tarte Flambee”

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    Monica posted March 30, 2013 at 8:25 am

    Oh my goodness – this is dangerous! This tarte has the best savory things all in one place. It must burst with flavor – seriously delicious looking! : )

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    Sacha posted March 30, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I love tarte flambée, and using a puff pastry base makes it even more decadent but lighter in weight too. Great idea. Bon appetit!

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    yummychunklet posted March 30, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    OMG, I actually have all those ingredients on hand! Yay! This looks tasty.

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    honeywhatscooking posted March 30, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    Bianca, this looks so good. i’ve never tried this.. kinda looks like pizza though. I don’t typically make French stuff, to intimidating. haha.

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    Alaina posted March 31, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    This is perfect because I just bought some puff pastry for a baked brie! I love tarte flambee. Thank you for the excellent recipe!

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    marcie posted March 31, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    ooohhhhh looks so yummy Bianx! Sound so fancy but yeah it looks easy to make! :)

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 2nd, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      Marcie! Hello, mare :) It’s all part of our domestication process haha. Kulang nalang asawa! :p

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    Emily @ A Cambridge Story posted April 1, 2013 at 8:03 am

    This does sound fancy! I remember the version we had at Sandrine’s was sooo good, and I bet yours is equally tasty. I’m pretty sure you can never go wrong when puff pastry is involved.

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    Samantha Angela posted April 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

    This sounds dangerously delicious.

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    Shannon posted April 1, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    sounds fancy and oh so awesome. never had it before but, oh my, i’m drooling :)

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    Sues posted April 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    This is probably one of my favorite dishes ever. Even better than flatbread! Yours looks beautiful :)

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    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking posted April 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Oh my goodness does that look mouthwatering! Amazing recipe. Must try for my girls’ nights, they’d go nuts!

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    Daisy posted April 1, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    nice job! this looks amazing.

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    Heather posted April 1, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Yum! That looks so good and so easy to make (my favorite type of recipe)!

    I love French food, and one of my goals this year is to foray into French cooking a bit more. I really want to learn to make macarons.

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 2nd, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Heather! I’d love to one day try my hand at macarons too. Mmmm-mmm

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    Megan posted April 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    This looks amazing. Why would anyone skip the extra cheese?! :)

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    Meghan posted April 1, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    This looks heavenly!

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    CCU posted April 1, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    I love cheesy treats like this :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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    Colleen @ Culinary Colleen posted April 1, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    I don’t know how I haven’t tried this yet! Great idea to use the puff pastry.

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    Amy (Savory Moments) posted April 2, 2013 at 6:42 am

    This looks super delicious! Yum. I love the toppings and it looks perfectly golden.

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    Joanne posted April 2, 2013 at 6:50 am

    Wow this sounds like such a treat! It’s certainly a pizza to be reckoned with!!

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) posted April 2, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    I have never had this, and I have never worked with puff pastry before. I would love to give this a try!

    • Bianca Garcia replied April 2nd, 2013 at 10:37 pm

      Rhonda, I used to be so intimidated by puff pastry, but the frozen dough is so easy and tasty!

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    Natalie posted April 2, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    Wow never tried something like this before but it has me drooling, looks fantastic!

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    Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen posted April 2, 2013 at 10:58 pm

    This looks amazing! My husband loves these (he is from Germany and his mom would always make this). I am still trying to perfect my own recipe :/ This looks so good I can’t wait to make it for him!

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    grace posted April 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    no lie, you can put anything on top of puff pastry and make it edible, nay, delicious!

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