Sunday, August 28, 2011

Craving Caramelisation

I have been craving caramelised onions for days, I can taste them, the sweet & savoury delight, only I have never cooked them myself before. But my craving was overtaking my senses so I had little choice but to learn fast!

I have had them on little puff pastry squares, cut a sheet into 9 squares and them place a spoon of caramelised onions into the centre of each and top with grated cheese.....
Find a great recipe for an awesome tart and make it for the entire family!

Caramelised Onion Tart
4 Medium Onions – sliced
2 Tbsp Olive oil
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1-2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

Packet Puff Pastry
½ cup Ricotta Cheese (light or full cream)
1 Egg Yolk
¼ cup Tasty Cheese – grated
¼ cup Parmesan Cheese – grated
1 Tbsp Parsley – finely chopped
Salt & Pepper

Using a medium fry pan, place it on a low heat and heat up your olive oil. Slice up the onions and set aside.

Once oil has heated, place in the onions with a pinch of salt. Cook for 15-20 mins until translucent.  Add brown sugar to start the caramelizing process, and then the vinegar. Cook for 10 minutes until a nice sticky and caramelized mixture, and you are stopping yourself from eating out of the frypan!

Preheat oven at 180 degrees. Roll out your pastry and press it into a greased and floured pie dish.  Mix egg yolk into the ricotta with a fork. Spread the cheese mixture over the pastry in the pie dish.
Then cover the cheese with the caramelised onions. Sprinkle the parsley, parmesan and the tasty cheese. Finally sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Place in to the oven and bake the tart for 30 minutes or until golden. Cool for 10 minutes before cutting.

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