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Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets

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Tartlets, those delightful miniature pastries, have a long history dating back to medieval times. They were originally made as open-faced pies filled with sweet or savory ingredients, often enjoyed at royal banquets. Today, we’re going to explore a modern twist on this classic treat – Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets. These bite-sized wonders are a harmonious fusion of sweet, caramelized onions and tangy goat cheese, all encased in a buttery, flaky pastry shell. They make for an elegant appetizer or a delightful addition to your brunch spread. So, let’s don our chef hats and aprons and embark on this flavorful journey!


1. Prepare the Pastry:

  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and salt.
  • Add the cold diced butter and use a pastry cutter or your fingertips to blend it into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Gradually add the ice water, one tablespoon at a time, and mix until the dough just comes together.
  • Form the dough into a disk, wrap it in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.

2. Caramelize the Onions:

  • Heat olive oil and butter in a sauté pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add the thinly sliced onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they become soft and golden brown, about 30-40 minutes.
  • Sprinkle sugar over the onions to aid in caramelization and season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

3. Prepare the Goat Cheese Filling:

  • In a bowl, combine the softened goat cheese and heavy cream. Whisk until smooth.
  • Stir in the fresh thyme leaves and season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. Roll Out the Pastry:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll out the chilled pastry dough to about 1/8-inch thickness.
  • Cut out twelve 4-inch circles from the dough (you can use a cookie cutter or a round object as a guide).

5. Assemble the Tartlets:

  • Gently press the pastry circles into the tartlet pans, making sure to trim any excess dough.
  • Prick the bottom of each pastry shell with a fork to prevent puffing.
  • Fill each tartlet with a spoonful of caramelized onions, followed by a dollop of the goat cheese mixture.

6. Bake and Serve:

  • Place the tartlets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is slightly puffed and set.
  • Remove from the oven and let them cool in the tartlet pans for a few minutes before carefully transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.
  • Serve these delectable Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets warm or at room temperature, garnished with a sprig of fresh thyme.


prep time
20 minutes.
cooking time
1 hour.
12 tartlets.
total time
1 hour 20 minutes.


  • Mixing bowls

  • Plastic wrap

  • Rolling pin

  • 3-inch tartlet pans

  • Baking sheet

  • Parchment paper

  • Saute pan

  • Wooden spoon

  • Whisk

  • Pastry brush


  • For the Pastry:

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) cold unsalted butter, diced

  • 1/4 cup ice water

  • For the Caramelized Onions:

  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon butter

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • For the Goat Cheese Filling:

  • 4 ounces goat cheese, softened

  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

  • Salt and pepper to taste


Prepare the pastry.
Caramelize the onions.
Make the goat cheese filling.
Assemble and bake tartlets.
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