Sharing an easy 5-ingredient appetizer today that I actually made for friends this past holiday season. I loooove onion. In fact, I eat it raw on a salad at lunch almost every single day (much to Eric’s understood horror.) My very favorite way to eat onion, however, is caramelized. Add a little goat cheese and some puff pastry and you have a nice little hors d’oeuvre. There are a million recipes out there with some variation of this little tartlet (the flavor combo is nothing new), but I thought I would throw my own into the mix. Instead of using brown sugar, I often like to caramelize with pure maple syrup. It does the same job and is a better ingredient for those trying to stay away from refined sugar. Now, I even caramelize our Saturday morning bacon in maple syrup instead of brown sugar (because caramelized bacon is a Saturday morning staple in this house.) Try it, it’s almost life-changing. Have a great weekend!
Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Tartlets
Yield: 24 Tarts
- 1-2 Tbsp. Butter
- 2 Red Onions, thinly sliced
- 2 Tbsp. Pure Maple Syrup
- 2 Sheets Frozen Puff Pastry, thawed, but very cold
- 4 oz Goat Cheese (I used a combination of plain and herbed)
1. In a sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté, stirring often until the onions are almost cooked and starting to brown.
2. Add the maple syrup to the onions, and sauté until the onions are caramelized and dark.
3. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
4. Cut out puff pastry into desired shape (circles are cute, but I did squares as to not waste any product) and arrange on a cookie sheet. Top with caramelized onions and a small scoop of goat cheese.
5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until pastry is golden and crisp. Enjoy!