(photo by Melanie Dinos)
This past weekend was packed with parties galore! Friday night was a birthday/sushi making party, Saturday night followed with an All Hallow's Eve party and Sunday was a birthday dinner for Mr. S.'s pops. For the latter two, I decided to throw together some caramelized onion and goat cheese tartlets (I bet you're starting to salivate like Pavlov's dog already, right?) Well, they were simple to make, came out great and were gobbled up immediately.
Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tartlets
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry dough (you can find this in the freezer section of your local grocery store)
1 large sweet onion ( peeled and diced/ or thinly sliced)
1 8 oz. package of goat cheese
3-4 T unsalted butter
1 t of sugar
- Thaw puff pastry dough for 30 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Using a thick-bottomed pan, heat butter on medium high. Add onions. Make sure onions are coated evenly. Stir occasionally and allow to sauté until onions are caramelized (about 20-25 minutes). Add sugar to onions while cooking.
- Using a circular cookie cutter, punch out circles.
- Prick pastry with a toothpick or fork several times to aerate it.
- Place one circle of pastry in each opening of mini muffin pan. Press down so that the pastry conforms to the shape of the pan.
- Place a spoonful of goat cheese on top of each pastry circle.
- Follow with a spoonful of caramelized onion.
- Bake at 400 degrees F for 13-15 minutes until pastry is a golden brown. (When you take the tartlets out of the oven, some bits of the caramelized onion will be quite dark...don't worry your onions aren't burnt. If you taste those small charred bits, they're quite sweet.)
- Serve warm.