This French bacon and onion tart is a simple and delicious recipe the whole family will love! Thinly rolled pizza dough is covered in a cheese sauce, sprinkled with thinly sliced onions and bacon and topped with gruyere cheese.
It might look like a pizza, but please don’t call it one! This bacon and onion flatbread (also known as Tarte Flambee and Flammekueche), is traditionally topped with a mixture of creme fraiche, fromage blanc, thinly sliced onions and strips of bacon. Flammekueche translates into “cooked in flames”, and this is usually cooked in a wood fired oven.
Unfortunately, wood fired ovens in the home are not that common and fromage blanc is rather hard to find at the average grocery store. Luckily for you, I have found some great work arounds and substitutions so you can still enjoy this amazing meal at home!
On the French and German borders, the region of Alsace, France is a perfect marriage between the two countries and a great way to get the taste of both.
Tarte Flambee is a speciality of the Alsatian region. Bread dough is rolled very, very thinly and covered with a combination of fromage blanc and creme fraiche, thinly sliced onions and strips of bacon. It is then cooked in a very hot wood burning oven. Some versions add gruyere cheese, munster cheese or even mushrooms!
How to make Tarte Flambee/Flammekueche
A true tarte flambee is cooked in a wood burning stove. If you happen to have one, you should definitely use it! For the rest of us, though, a quick trip in the oven will have to do.
*Note: A traditional tarte flambee calls for Fromage Blanc, However, it is notoriously hard to find this cheese! If you can’t find it (which, I couldn’t), substitute it for ¾ cup room temperature cream cheese and ¾ cup buttermilk blended together.
This is just a general run down, for the full details, please scroll down to the recipe card below.
- Preheat your oven to 450 and prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Whisk together the cream cheese, buttermilk, and creme fraiche together.
- Roll out the pizza dough onto the parchment paper. Roll it as thin as you can get it.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough. Take it almost to the edge, you don’t have to leave a “crust” on the edge. Sprinkle it with freshly grated nutmeg.
- Slice the onion as thinly as you can and sprinkle it on top.
- Cut the bacon into thin strips and sprinkle it on top. Sprinkle on some salt and pepper.
- Evenly spread on the shredded gruyere cheese.
- Bake for 10 minutes, and then turn on the broiler for a minute or two.
- Slice and Enjoy!
Prepping ahead of time
This meal is super quick to make, but you can do a few things ahead of time to make it even quicker if you are short on time.
- Use pre-made pizza dough! Thin crust is where its at here.
- You can slice the bacon and onion and shred the cheese ahead of time. Store each in their own air tight container in the fridge until ready to use.
- You can mix up the cheese sauce and store it ahead of time in the fridge.
How to serve this French bacon and onion tart to your family
How do you eat tarte flambee? Cut your French bacon and onion tart into either wedges or slices (its most often served cut into squares or rectangles). You can then roll it up or fold it up and eat up!
How to make this kid friendly
This tarte flambee recipe is a great kid friendly recipe! With easy flavors kids love (um, hello cheese and bacon!)
Dinner conversations with kids
Dinner time is a great opportunity to talk to your kids about what you are eating and help them be more open to trying new things. More than just bite management, dinner time conversations are perfect for setting the mood and curiosity of the meal.
Try these conversation starters:
- How is this similar to pizza? What are some differences to the typical pizza we eat?
- What smells can you detect?
- What is your favorite part of this bacon and onion tart?
- If we were to make this again, what would you change to make it better?
Read more about how to explore the sense of taste with your kids.
Kids in the kitchen: How your kids can help you cook
Getting your kids in the kitchen is a simple way to help them be more interested in trying new foods. This bacon and onion tart recipe is great because it helps them practice their spreading and cutting skills. This recipe is perfect for beginner cooks because it is so easy! And it is a great recipe for kids to experiment and become more comfortable with new flavors – which means they are more likely to eat it!
- Kids aged 1-3 can help you measure and mix the ingredients.
- Kids aged 4-6 can do everything above, plus help you roll out the pizza dough, spread the cheese sauce, slice the bacon, grate the nutmeg and sprinkle the cheese.
- Kids aged 7-10+ can help you do everything above.
*Please note that these recommendations are generalized, and to please use your personal discretion with your child’s skill level. And always, always supervise! Read more about how to have your children help you in the kitchen.
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- 2 packages thin crust pizza dough
- 8 strips applewood smoked bacon, cut into thin strips
- 1 onion, sliced into thin strips
- ¾ cup cream cheese, room temperature
- ¾ cup buttermilk
- ½ cup creme fraiche
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 1 cup shredded gruyere
- Preheat the oven to 450F.
- Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Unroll the pizza crust onto the parchment paper.
- Cut the onion in half, and then thinly slice each half.
- Using kitchen shears or a knife, cut the bacon into short strips.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the softened cream cheese, buttermilk and creme fraiche.
- Spread the cream cheese mixture over the pizza crust evenly. You can take it almost to the edge of the crust, you don't need to leave much of a "crust" on it.
- Grate fresh nutmeg on top of the cream cheese mixture.
- Evenly spread the thinly sliced onions on top of the cream cheese mixture, and then top with the bacon strips.
- Season with a pinch of salt and pepper over top.
- Evenly sprinkle the shredded gruyere cheese on top.
- Bake for 10 minutes, then turn on the broiler for an additional 1-2 minutes. Do not walk away from the oven when the broiler is on! Make sure you check the tart so it doesn't burn.
- Cut into wedges.
This recipe is traditionally made with Fromage Blanc cheese. If you can find it, use 1 cup of that instead of the cream cheesse and buttermilk.
The Craime Fraiche can be substituted with sour cream if you can't find it.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 595Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 22gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 98mgSodium: 1005mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 5gProtein: 19g