Red Wine, Caramelised Onion And Goat’s Cheese Tarts


INGREDIENTS

  • 3 onions thinly sliced
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 3 – 4 sprigs of thyme leaves removed and a few extra for garnishing each tart
  • Salt & black pepper
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry 23c x 23cms (1 pack of Woolies all butter puff)
  • 200g goats cheese (25g per tartlet)
  • splash of milk to brush the pastry rim

METHOD

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions over a low heat until softened but not browned, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add ½ the red wine and deglaze the pan, allowing all the liquid to cook off.
  3. Add the sugar, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for 5 more minutes.
  4. Add the remainder of the red wine and once again continue cooking and stirring until the liquid has cooked off.
  5. Place your puff pastry sheets on a floured surface and cut out the circles to desired size. You could also cut the pastry into 4 x squares. This way you better optimise the pastry sheet with no wastage through offcuts. This recipe makes 8 tartlets that are 8cm in diameter.
  6. Score the inside of the pastry with a small cookie cutter or a knife, but don’t cut all the way through, to make a small rim.
  7. Brush the rim of each case lightly with milk, or and egg and milk mix (I find the egg just makes it a little darker but isn’t entirely necessary), and bake in a oven that has been preheated to 180C for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and press down on the inner circle piece so that it drops down, it should come away where you have scored it, and fill each pastry case with the caramelised onion.
  9. Top with the goats cheese (you can either crumble this or cut into discs), scatter over fresh thyme leaves and return to the oven to bake for a further 20 minutes.
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