The Long Search
Strasbourg, known for its stunning cathedral, is equally acclaimed for its pizza-like tarte. No argument here. Sadly, I’ve not yet found an equal to the Alsatian Tarte Flambe I ate on the streets and in the restaurants of the French town.
No Crusty Rim
There’s no rim of dough like you have on a pizza. The toppings go to the edges. Sometimes the edges get a bit charred from the wood-fired oven, which is considered acceptable.
What’s in the Amazing Tarte?
The creamy base is smeared onto the uncooked dough and sometimes topped with a bit of grated white cheese. (Emmental, a Swiss cheese, was mentioned most often). The tarte is finished off with extremely thin onion slices and bits of cross-cut bacon. All the parts are kept thin so they cooks quickly in a very hot oven.
My First Attempt
No Exacting Recipe Needed
No one seemed to have an exact recipe for Alsatian Tarte Flambe. Like Mom’s meatloaf it comes in many varieties, depending on the household or what’s on hand. If you want to try this at home, SeriousEats has a step-by-step photo recipe that’s worth a look.