caramelized onion and pear tartelettes
Caramelized Onion and Pear Tartlettes
Servings Prep Time
12-18servings 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
13-15minutes 30minutes for dough to defrost
Servings Prep Time
12-18servings 30minutes
Cook Time Passive Time
13-15minutes 30minutes for dough to defrost
  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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