We have been dying to share this recipe with you for some time now! The first time I made these was a year ago for my girlfriend, Liane’s Christmas party. They were a huge hit then, so Debbie and I made them again this year for another Christmas party at our friends, Eldon and Kari’s place where they got gobbled up again. And actually, Im surprised any made it there. Kevin kept grabbing handfuls as he walked by and when I caught him he said, “I’ve only had 6.” 6?! Geeze. And he was officially cut off till the party…
I can’t say that I really blame him though. I had to sample one or two myself. You know, for quality control…
Its pretty hard for me to control myself around puff pastry as is, and these little flaky squares topped with sweet caramelized onions, roasted garlic and pear compote, sharp aged cheddar, fresh thyme and crunchy prosciutto were increasingly harder to resist with each and every bite!
This yummy little bites are best served right away, but every time we have made them, we have transported them to the party, warmed them up a little and they have been just as addicting as if they were fresh. Delicious!
Caramelized Onion, Pear, Roasted Garlic, Brie & Prosciutto Tart
- 1 lb thinly sliced oinons
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp butter
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 pears , diced
- 1 large head of roasted garlic
- 3/4 cup white wine
- 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp cane sugar
- 2 tsp fresh chopped thyme
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup aged white cheddar , cut into 1 inch slices about 1/8 of an inch thick
- 2 pieces of prosciutto , cooked and crumbled
- 1 box puff pastry , pre rolled if you can find it
Heat a medium to large pan to medium heat.
Add the onions, olive oil, butter, and salt. Cook and stir for a few mins until the onions start to get a little softer and translucent. Turn the heat down to low and let it cook for quite a while, stirring regularly, until the onions start to caramelize and turn color.
Add the diced pears, wine, vinegar, sugar, cinnamon and thyme. Cook a while longer until the pears start to break down and everything gets nice and soft and saucy. Then remove from heat and let it cool.
Preheat your oven to 400.
Line two baking trays with parchment paper and set one aside. On the other, lay out your pre-rolled puff pastry. If you don't have pre-rolled pastry, you will need to roll it out into a rectangle shape that's about 8 x 11 or so.
With a pizza cutter or the like, cut the pastry into 1.5 to 2 inch squares.
On each square place a piece of cheese, then a tsp of onion and pear jam. Repeat with the second puff pastry sheet.
Bake in the oven for 23 - 25 mins until puffed up and golden brown on the edges.
Sprinkle each square with fresh thyme and prosciutto and serve!