Friday, December 31, 2010

Onion Tartlets



It's time for caramelized onion tartlets.  Mmmmmm.... I'm getting hungry just thinking about the buttery puff pastry, sweet tender onions and tangy cream cheese. So simple and so yummy. 


If you are making appetizers for crowd I'd go with these little guys. They are cute, bite sized and tasty of course!


I bet you can't eat just one.


Caramelized Onion Tartlets


1 C. shallots, sliced into rings
3/4 C. scallions (green & white), chopped
2 C. sweet onion, sliced into rings
6 Tbsp. butter
1/3 C. brown sugar
2 sheets puff pastry
6 oz. chive cream cheese


Start by slicing & chopping your onions.  Rinse scallions and chop.  You can use both the green tips and the while ends of the scallions.  Slice the shallots and sweet onions into thin rings. 


Melt butter in a large frying pan over low/med heat. Add the sweet onions, shallots and scallions to the frying pan. Cook until the onions begin to soften and caramelize.  When onions start to turn a caramel color add the brown sugar and toss with onions until the sugar melts. 


When the onions are ready remove from the heat and transfer to a strainer/colander to let some of the liquid drain from the onions. 


While the onions are draining prepare the mini muffin trays with the puff pastry. The puff pastry will come 2 sheets per box.  Place one sheet on a floured surface and cut into 24 equal pieces.  You will have enough pastry to fill each muffin up.  Repeat with the 2nd sheet of pastry and fill the 2nd mini muffin tray. Place a square of pastry in the middle of a muffin cup and push the pastry down into the cup.  When all the cups have been prepped with the pastry start to fill with the cream cheese.  


Spoon about 1/2 tablespoon of cream cheese onto each puff pastry cup.  Once filled evenly distribute the onion mix into each cup until all cups are filled.


Bake at 350 for about 25 min or until the puff pastry is golden brown.  Remove from the oven and let rest for about 10 min before serving.  


If these are being made ahead, when done cooking remove the tartlets from the oven and wait until they cool completely. Place in freezer bags.  


When you are ready to serve, remove from the freezer, let tarts come to room temperature, place on a baking sheet and cook at 350 for about 15 or until heated through.


Serve & enjoy!



Onions anyone?




 Melt some butter to start cooking the onions.




Swimming in some butter.




Almost ready....




Muffin cups ready for some cream cheese.




Each cup will get a half of tablespoon or so of cream cheese.  Now it's time to spoon on the onions.




Sweet little tartlets.



A perfect little bite.
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1 comments:

flahertyjj said...

Love, love, love these! I especially like the little bite sized ones. Delish!

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