Caramelised Onion and Goats Cheese Tarts

By now you might have noticed my obsession for goats cheese.

Goats cheese is something I will never get sick of and I’m up for the challenge of trying it in as many different ways as possible.

One way I love goats cheese is with puff pastry and caramelised onion. These tarts (if that’s the right word) are really easy to make and taste phenomenal. They make for a great canape or finger food. I do warn you though – you won’t be able to stop at one. I had these with some friends on Sunday and we ate an entire tray’s worth.

Here’s what I do:

Ingredients

1 red onion
1 tablespoon of balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1 sheet of puff pastry
1 packet of goat’s cheese
A few sprigs of thyme

Method

1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

2. Heat up a small frying pan and add a splash of olive oil.

3. Add your finely sliced onion, a pinch of salt and cook on a low temperature.  Once the onion has softened a bit add a tablespoon of water. This helps them to soften them and bring out the flavour. Once the water is absorbed and the onions have softened add a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar and a tablespoon of brown sugar.  Stir and leave cooking on a low heat until the onion has become dark and sticky.

4. In the meantime, cut a piece of puff pastry into squares or circles.  Using a knife create a border in each puff pastry piece.  Alternatively you could use a double sided cookie cutter. I use the bigger side to cut circles and the smaller side to indent smaller circles, creating a border.

5. Spread about a teaspoons worth of goats cheese onto the puff pastry in the smaller circle or square, up to the border.

6. Top with the caramelised onion and then sprinkle with fresh thyme.

7. Brush the border with olive oil.

8. Bake in your oven for about 15 minutes until the puff pastry is crisp and golden.

Voila!

Would I make again? Oh, yeah.