The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey
4375 Admiralty Way
Marina del Rey, CA 90292
Phone (310) 823-1700

Maui Onion Tarts
Chef Troy N. Thompson of Jer-ne Restaurant + Bar at The Ritz-Carlton - Marina del Rey, CA
Adapted by StarChefs

Yield: 6 Servings


  • 5 medium Maui onions, finely diced
  • 4 ounces unsalted butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 whole eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 9 sheets phyllo dough
  • 3 ounces clarified butter
  • ½ ounce cumin seed
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F. In a medium saucepan slowly sauté the onions in the butter over medium heat, until translucent and tender. Onions should not brown at all. Add salt, pepper and heavy cream and simmer for about five minutes. Remove saucepan from heat. Add the eggs and yolk one at a time, whisking quickly after each addition. Allow mixture to sit for five minutes, then pour into a bowl and cool.

Brush the phyllo sheets one at a time with the clarified butter. Butter sheets completely on both sides, with the exception of the final sheet. As you finish buttering each sheet, layer them on top of each other on a table. Remember not to butter the top of the final sheet. When all layers of the phyllo sheets have been buttered, cut 24 circles out of the layered sheets with a four-inch round circle cutter. In a small, muffin tin with 12 (one-ounce) cups, place one phyllo circle in each space, forming a cup. Place a quarter-ounce of onion mixture in the phyllo cups and sprinkle with cumin seed. Bake for 10 –12 minutes or until golden brown.

Wine Pairing:
A French sparkling wine such as the Lucien Albrecht Cremont d’Alsace NV.