By now, it’s no secret that I’m not a baker. I mean, yes, I do bake for the blog but I do it because I am curious to try new recipes and I enjoy playing around in the kitchen, like when I made this Tres Leches Layer Cake or this Passion Fruit Cream Tart. I guess, what I really mean is that I do not have a strong passion for baking. So, as you can imagine, I am very thankful for frozen dough or any other pre-made, easy to just roll-out dough. I actually have made many recipes using frozen puff pastry and pie crust dough. With this, I do not want to discourage your from trying my homemade empanada dough, but I am just being human, and I am being real. There will be no judgement from my side if every once and a while you pull a semi-homemade recipe. There’s nothing wrong with that. On the contrary, they can be just as good and they can be lifesavers. Like this fantastic appetizer idea I am sharing you with you today.
My tip when making semi-homemade recipes is making sure the rest of your ingredients are of the very best quality. For this recipe I made sure to make the most incredible lemon-balsamic caramelized onions and I am also using Jarlsberg cheese which adds a a sweet and buttery flavor to the tarts. Please note that both the quality of the cheese and the creative twist of adding lemon to the tarts it’s what makes them AMAZING! so don’t change anything about them. Trust me!
This recipe can be made for any size/shape tart pan you may have. For appetizers I love the presentation of individual mini tarts.
I added two layers of cheese, in the bottom and on top. I just loooove it’s tastes, as it adds a nutty flavor that perfectly contrasts the rest of the ingredients.
Once out of the oven, you will have the most espectacular bite size appetizer. I loooove how the cheese melts so beautifully and how the lemon zest adds a bright touch to this recipe.
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CHEESY CARAMELIZED ONION TART – yields 10 mini tarts
1 frozen pie crust sheet, thawed
1 large Vidalia onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
The juice of one lemon
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
2 cups Jarlsberg cheese, thinly shredded
Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Roll out the pie crust and cut individual shapes to fit your mini tart pan. I used a 2 inch diameter cookie cutter You could also leave it whole or cut what ever shape you may need for the tart pan you may be using.
Lay the crust on a greased pan, pressing to form its shape.
Pinch the bottom and sides of the tart once on the pan.
Bake for until golden brown. In the case of these mini tarts, about 10 minutes. Set aside.
To caramelize the onions, sauté them in butter over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
Once onions become translucent, add lemon juice and keep cooking hem for about 20 minutes, until onions start to turn golden brown.
Once they start turning golden brown, add balsamic vinegar and stir. Let it reduce completely until balsamic vinegar thickens and it adds a sweet, and mildly tart flavor to the onions.
Season with salt to taste.
Fill the baked tarts with a thin layer of shredded cheese, then caramelized onions, then lots of cheese again. Bake in the oven at 350F until cheese has melted.
Once out of the oven, sprinkle them with lemon zest and black pepper.
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