I’ve been making these little beauties for so many years that I don’t remember where I first got the recipe. They are so simple to make that you barely need a recipe and you can make a large quantity very easily so they’re a perfect appetizer for a big Easter lunch. It’s all my favorite flavors in one mouthful; flaky pastry, sweet onions and cheese with a little kick.
Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tarts
Serves 8 as an appetizer
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 red onions, cut lengthwise and sliced thinly
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme, plus extra sprigs to save as garnish
Frozen puff pastry, defrosted but still cold
1 (8 oz.) log of goat cheese, put in freezer for approximately 30 minutes
1. Heat oven to 425° F.
2. In a large frying pan, melt the butter and olive oil. Add the onions and thyme and season well.
3. Fry on low heat for 20 – 25 minutes until the onions are soft and caramelized. Then turn the heat off and allow to cool.
4. Cut the pastry into approximately 4″ squares and lay on a cookie tray lined with parchment paper. You will need 8 squares
5. Add a small spoonful of the onion mixture to the center of each square, leaving a small rim of pastry.
6. Slice the goat cheese into 8 slices and put one slice on top of each of the onion tarts.
7. Bake for about 20 minutes or until the pastry has risen and browned.
8. Serve warm with a bed of greens and top with fresh thyme.