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Blackberry, Ricotta & Onion Savory Tart | A Couple Cooks

Blackberry, Ricotta & Onion Savory Tart

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 as a main; 8 as an appetizer 1x


This savory tart is a tasty main dish or appetizer, pairing a savory onion and blackberry compote with ricotta cheese over a flaky tart crust!



For the savory tart dough

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick), chilled
  • 5 tablespoons ice water

For the savory tart

  • 1 cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • Zest of 1/2 large lemon
  • Scant 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 medium sweet yellow onion
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup blackberries from 1 15-ounce can Oregon Fruit Products blackberries (whole berries in light syrup)
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Make the savory tart dough: In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, and kosher salt. Turn on the stand mixer to low with the paddle attachment, and slowly add the unsalted butter, cut into small chunks. Mix until the dough is crumbly with small butter chunks. (Alternately, mix the butter into the dough using a pastry cutter.) Slowly add the ice water into the stand mixer until the dough just comes together. If necessary, add another 1/2 tablespoon of water to bring it together. Remove the dough from the bowl and knead it once or twice until the dough is smooth. Shape it into a rough rectangle and wrap in plastic wrap. If desired, chill in refrigerator for 15 minutes. (If made the day before and refrigerate overnight, leave the dough out for about 30 minutes until soft enough to roll out.)
  3. Make the ricotta filling: In a bowl, stir together ricotta cheese, lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, and several grinds black pepper.
  4. Bake the savory tart: Roll out the savory tart dough to a large, thin rectangle, then transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread the ricotta filling on top in a thin layer to about 1/2-inch from the edge of the dough. Brush the exposed dough with the melted butter. Bake 30 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Make the blackberry onion sauce: Thinly slice the onion and measure out 1/2 cup. Heat the olive oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and cook about 5 minutes until translucent, stirring occasionally. Add the balsamic vinegar, reduce the heat to low where it is lightly bubbling, and continue to cook for 10 minutes until the vinegar is cooked out. Meanwhile, drain and measure the blackberries and measure the thyme leaves. To the skillet, add 2/3 cup water, blackberries, thyme leaves, and a scant 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt (start conservative). Simmer 3 minutes. Remove a few spoonfuls of the juice in the skillet into a small bowl, then stir together with 1 teaspoon cornstarch until smooth. Pour the cornstarch mixture back into the skillet and stir until the sauce becomes thickened. Remove from the heat and stir in 1 teaspoon lemon juice. Taste, and adjust as necessary (the salt and lemon should pop the flavors, but not be salty).
  6. When the crust and ricotta are done, spread them with berries and top with fresh thyme leaves. Slice into pieces and serve.
  • Category: Savory Tart
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Savory Tart, Savory Tart Dough