Valley Fig Growers

Rustic Caramelized Onion Tart with California Figs, Turkey, Blue Cheese and Walnuts

These tarts are not made in a tart pan; instead they are baked free-form for a rustic appearance. Note that parchment paper is a must for this recipe. You can either make your own pizza dough, use store-bought dough, or buy some from your favorite local pizzeria. You will need about 3 tablespoons of additional oil for brushing. If you don’t have a baking stone, bake the bread on an overturned, preheated rimmed baking sheet set on the middle oven rack.

Serves 6 to 8


tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for brushing

 pounds onions (about 4) halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick

 teaspoon brown sugar

teaspoon table salt

pound pizza dough (see note above)


1 cup Blue Ribbon Orchard Choice or Sun-Maid California Figs, stemmed and chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

1 (1/4-inch-thick) slice roast deli turkey, cut into 1/4-inch pieces (1/2 cup) 

3/4 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped coarse 

3 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (3/4 cup)

2 scallions, sliced thin


  1. Adjust an oven rack to the lower-middle position, place a baking stone on the rack, and heat the oven to 500 degrees. Let the baking stone heat for at least 30 minutes (but no longer than 1 hour).
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-low heat until shimmering. Stir in the onions, brown sugar, and salt. Cover and cook stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened and have released their juices, about 10 minutes. Remove the lid, increase the heat to medium-high, and continue to cook, stirring often, until the onions are deeply browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured counter, divide it into 2 equal pieces, and cover with greased plastic wrap. Working with one piece of dough at a time (keep the other piece covered), press and roll the dough into a 14 by 8-inch oval on a lightly floured counter. Transfer the dough on a piece of parchment paper and reshape as needed. Gently dimple the surface of the dough with your fingertips.
  4. Brush the dough liberally with additional oil and season with pepper. Scatter half of the caramelized onions, figs, turkey, walnuts, and blue cheese evenly over the tart, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Slide the parchment paper and tart onto a rimless (or inverted) baking sheet, and then slide the tart (still on the parchment) onto the hot baking stone (or the overturned, preheated rimmed baking sheet).
  5. Bake until the tart is deep golden brown 8-10 minutes, rotating it halfway through baking. (Prepare the second tart while the first bakes). Remove the tart from the oven by sliding the parchment paper back onto the baking sheet. Discard the parchment paper, slide the tart onto a cutting board, and sprinkle with half of the scallions. Let the stone (or overturned rimmed baking sheet) reheat for 5 minutes before baking the second tart. Serve warm.

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Nutrition Information

amount per serving

  • Calories 445
  • % Calories from Fat 42%
  • Fat 21
  • Cholesterol 10
  • Protein12
  • Carbohydrates 55
  • Fiber 7
  • Iron 3
  • Sodium 772
  • Calcium 131
  • Potassium 384