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Sweet caramelized onions and apples are contrasted delightfully with salty cheddar and spicy black pepper

Ooh, these are so good.

Sweetness from the caramelized onions and apples is contrasted delightfully with salty cheddar and spicy black pepper. Make them for brunch, or a light supper, served with a green salad.

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INGREDIENTS

flour for baking and rolling

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2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

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2 medium onions, sliced thinly

$1

1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper

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1 recipe pizza dough

$1.50

2 Granny Smith apples, cored and sliced thinly

$2

1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese

$3.50 for 8 oz.

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Total cost of ingredients:

$7.50

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly flour a baking sheet and set aside.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Add the onions and stir a few times, to distribute the oil evenly. Add the salt and pepper and stir again. Cook for 18-20 minutes, allowing to caramelize, stirring once or twice throughout cooking.

While the onions caramelize, divide the dough into four even balls on a lightly floured surface. Use your hands or a rolling pin to roll each ball out into a 6-inch circle. Set the circles on the prepared baking sheet (it’s OK if they touch—they won’t when you’re done assembling the tartlets).

Arrange about half-an-apple’s worth of slices on a circle (as if you were making apple pie) in the center of one of the dough circles. Make sure to leave about 1 1/2 inches of dough at the border.

Top the circle of apples with about one-fourth of the caramelized onions. Fold the border of the dough in, to form a tartlet (it’s supposed to look rustic, so don’t worry about making it look perfect). Sprinkle the whole thing (crust included) with about one-eighth cup cheddar cheese.

Repeat the tartlet-making process with the remaining ingredients.

Bake for 18-22 minutes, or until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese is bubbly. Serve whole or cut into wedges.

Serves 4.

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