Aug 28, 2013

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Tartlets

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Tartlets

These little tartlets are comprised of a combination of pretty amazing ingredients: Caramelized onion jam. Goat cheese. Puff pastry, Balsamic syrup. Thyme. Seriously good. While they are fabulous as an appetizer or part of a lunch paired with a great salad, I've actually reheated the leftovers for breakfast. 

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Tartlets

This recipe makes 4 four-inch rounds, but I am thinking that it would also work scaled down to mini appetizers or even baked in a mini muffin tin.

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Tartlets

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Tartlet Recipe

Adapted from the gorgeously photographed and exquisite What Katie Ate


1/2 C balsamic vinegar
2 T brown sugar
1 sheet of puff pastry, thawed
1 egg yolk, beaten with a bit of milk
6 to 8 T caramelized onion jam (from this post
4 slices of goat cheese, about 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick
Thyme leaves from about 4 sprigs
Freshly ground black pepper


  1. Prepare the balsamic vinegar syrup: Simmer the vinegar in a small saucepan until it has been reduced by half. Add the brown sugar and simmer until you have syrup that coats a spoon. Cool and refrigerate to thicken. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Cut the puff pastry into four 4-inch rounds and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet. 
  4. Using a 2 1/2 inch cookie cutter, cut 1/2 way through the rounds, creating a 1 inch border. Do not cut all of the way through. 
  5. Pierce the center of the rounds (inside the 2 1/2 inch border) several times with a fork. 
  6. Brush the outer 1 inch with the egg yolk.
  7. Spread the onion jam in the middle of the pastry inside the cut border.
  8. Top the center with a goat cheese round and sprinkle with thyme leaves and black pepper. 
  9. Bake for 20 to 22 minutes, until golden and puffy. 
  10. Drizzle with the balsamic syrup.


  1. These are beautiful and the flavors sound fantastic together. Onions and balsamic are a match made in heaven. Love that they can be eaten as leftovers too.

    1. Thanks Laura, I was worried about that but they reheated just beautifully.

  2. I think these would be a perfect appetizer for my book club! Thanks for sharing.

  3. I cannot think of anything better than caramelized onion jam and goat cheese cradled in puff pastry hot from the oven. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Wow are these pretty, and they sound incredible! I would love to serve these at a cocktail party. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  5. Oh my gosh these are so gorgeous and exceptionally gourmet! Wow! Thanks for sharing at Saturday Night Fever!

  6. Oh my goodness. These are so easy and elegant - have to think of an occasion on which I can make them and impress my guests!

  7. Perfection on a plate for me, everything sounds perfect, goats cheese, caramalised onions and balsamic vinegar are a match made in heaven as far as I am concerned.

  8. Hi there.... stumbled across your site looking for an appetizer to make tonight and these look heavenly minus the goat-cheese (not a fan)... I will sub Gorgonzola or blue-cheese... quick question, how delish would this be if you added some thinly sliced pear?! Thanks for the recipe!

    1. I think that would be wonderful! If you roasted the slices a bit, even better!


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