Caramelized Onion and Pear Tartelettes

After going gluten free, I really missed puff pastry. While I make almost everything from scratch, I would rather buy puff pastry. So when I discovered frozen gluten free puff pastry in my local store, I did a happy dance right in the middle of the frozen food section.  These onion and pear tartelettes put me right back into my happy place.

The flavor and texture of these tartelettes are fantastic and your house will smell so good when they are baking. This recipe will feed twelve to eighteen people, but to be honest, that will take some will power. They are just that hard to resist.

In addition to being delicious, these bite size onion and pear tartelettes are beautiful and would be a perfect addition to any appetizer table.

You can prep these tartelettes ahead of time. Caramelize the onion and pears and make up the cheese mixture and refrigerate for up to three days.  Just make sure to bring the ingredients up to room temperature before adding them to the puff pastry to bake.

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Caramelized Onion and Pear Tartlettes
caramelized onion and pear tartelettes
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Course Appetizer
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 13-15 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes for dough to defrost
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Course Appetizer
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 13-15 minutes
Passive Time 30 minutes for dough to defrost
Servings
servings
Ingredients
caramelized onion and pear tartelettes
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Instructions
  1. If your puff pastry is still frozen, set it on the counter top for about 30 minutes. Once defrosted, refrigerate the puff pastry until needed.
Onions and Pears
  1. Peel and thinly slice onions and pears.
  2. In a large pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  3. Add onions and pears to the melted butter. Turn the heat up to high.
  4. Stir continuously for five minutes. Then add water and carefully scrape bottom of the pan to release any browned bits.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and stir occasionally. Allow the pears and onions to caramelize until the are golden to dark brown, about 10 minutes. Stir in dried thyme. Remove from heat and set aside.
Cheese Topping
  1. Grate Swiss or Havarti cheese.
  2. In a bowl, combine the grated cheese with the room temperature cream cheese. Mix until well combined. Plastic glove covered hands are the best tool for this job.
  3. Add dried mustard, oregano and black pepper to the cheese and mix until well combined. Again, plastic covered gloves work best here.
  4. Measure out 1 teaspoon of cheese mix and flatten into coin shaped discs about the size of a quarter. When finished, you will have about 48 discs.
Puff Pastry
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Work with only one section of puff pastry at a time. You want the pastry to be cold when it goes into the oven. Gently roll out the pastry until even. Do not press down hard or the pastry will not puff correctly.
  3. Cut out each puff pastry sheet into 12 even squares or 2" circles.
  4. Place cut pastry onto a parchment paper or silicone sheet covered baking sheet. If using parchment paper, make sure that your paper is rated to 400°. Bake the plain pastry until it is puffed and light golden brown, about 7-8 minutes. Reduce heat to 375°.
Tartlette Assembly
  1. Remove baking sheet from the oven and carefully place a cheese circle in the center of each pastry and then top with 1/2 teaspoon of the onion pear mix.
  2. Return baking sheets to the oven and bake until the pastry is golden brown and the cheese has melted, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Recipe Notes

This Caramelized Onion and Pear Tartelettes recipe is gluten free and vegetarian.

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