Goats Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tartlets

IMG_1375.JPGI’m back from holiday with another recipe.

We had a really great time abroad but I must admit that I’m glad to be back in cooler climates; 30°c plus every day is hard work. I ate lots of food, I’m talking seconds for every course and a few too many G&T’s.  Lots of relaxation, swimming and reading filled our days away which is just what you need when you work full time, are renovating a house, have a social life and hobbies and own some very needy animals.  Although, after an overnight flight last night, I now feel more exhausted than when I left but it’s nothing going to bed early before work tomorrow can’t fix.

Onto my recipe for today. Simple but very sweet (literally). It’s a favourite combination for many people, goats cheese and caramelised onion, but I thought I would share how I make delicious caramelised onions from scratch.  Firstly it’s a good skill to have under your belt and secondly they’re really tasty; much better than shop bought chutneys.  If I have leftovers, I usually pair with cheddar in a sandwich which is a real treat.  It’s not too difficult to make either.

IMG_1392.JPGThis recipe is easily adaptable to whatever you need it for. You can create little tartlets, as I have, for a starter on their own with a pretty garnish or you could add some accompaniments and eat the tartlets as a main.  You could even make one big rectangular tartlet (by not cutting the pastry into six) and cut portions when serving.  However you choose to serve it, this is just perfect for a dinner party with friends, they look stunning.

One word of caution when cooking the onions, patience is key.  Resist the temptation to turn the heat up, as if you turn your back, even if only for a minute, they might burn. The flavours are brought out by the long slow cooking.

Once you’ve chopped all the onions up don’t be fooled by how much it looks like there is, they all shrink down considerably.  The three onions that I’ve put in the ingredients only just makes the six tartlets, you may need to change the quantities if you want to create one big tart as I’ve suggested above.

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Goats Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tarts 
From the kitchen of mrswallscooks.wordpress.com

 

Ingredients
Makes 6 tartlets 
3 large red onions
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
320 g ready rolled puff pastry
125 g soft goats cheese
1 egg (whisked)

 

Method
To make the caramelised onions, gently, on a very low heat, fry the onions for 20 – 25 minutes until they are soft and beginning to brown slightly.  Add the brown sugar and vinegar at this point and cook for a further 10 minutes until the onions are sticky and the liquid has been soaked up. Allow to cool slightly.
Preheat the oven at 180ºc/360ºf/gas mark 4.
Cut the pastry into 6 rectangles and place on a baking tray  Place a spoon of caramelised onion in the centre of the pastry and spread it evenly, leaving a gap around the perimeter of the rectangle.   Place 2 slices of goats cheese on each tart.  Using a pastry brush, egg wash the edges of the pastry.
Cook in the oven for 20 minutes until the pastry has risen and is nicely golden brown.
Serve.
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