Tired of pigs-in-a-blanket? I know, friends. Me too! Up your appetizer game with these caramelized onion and pear tarts! They taste absolutely amazing and happen to be quite simple to make as well. They do require a little time to caramelize the onions but turn on some tunes and sauté away! It’s worth it! Plus, I have ideas for customizing it below!
The caramelized onions pair so beautifully with the pears and goat cheese in this recipe! As always, I like to give you options so you can always swap in apples for the pears or cream cheese for the goat cheese. You can even use phyllo cups for the puff pastry, though I love the buttery, flakey crust for this appetizer! To turn this into a show-stopping side dish, fill the entire puff pastry sheet (leave a 1-inch edge) with dots of cheese and the caramelized onions and pears. This is a beautiful dish that doesn’t lack of any flavor!
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 large or 2 small/medium yellow onions, diced or thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 lb. pears, peeled and diced into small cubes
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 23 ounces goat cheese
- 3 tablespoons chives, minced
- 1 package (1 lb.) frozen puff pastry, thawed
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 400°F. In a frying pan, add oil, onion, and salt. Stir occasionally until onions are just lightly caramelized (about 25 minutes) as they will continue to cook when baked so just look for a light golden color.
- Remove from pan and set aside in a small bowl.
- Add butter, pears, and sugar to same pan and stir to combine. Once softened, remove from heat and add to bowl of onions.
- Create your mini tarts from the puff pasty by using a cookie cutter or sharp knife. I used a 2 inch square cookie cutter. Brush with beaten egg. In the center, add a 1/2 tablespoon of goat cheese and top with onion/pear mixture.
- Bake for 20-25 minutes or until puff pastry is lightly golden.
- Remove from oven and top with minced chives.
This is truly one of those recipes that can go from a fancy silver serving platter for a cocktail party to a tray on the coffee table for a football game. It’s one I’m constantly asked to make again and again, and if you make it, you’ll see why! Good luck not eating the caramelized onion and pear mixture straight out of the bowl. You’ve been warned!
Enjoy this recipe at your next party (or weeknight meal, also acceptable)!