In fear of sounding like a complete freak, I make caramelised onions each and every week of my life! No lies! I caramelise a few onions, usually on a Sunday, and then I store them in the refrigerator for a little leg-up during the bust week ahead. Call me what you will!
A good caramelised onion is so versatile and with a busy little life, I love ANYTHING that is versatile. It can make a fast mid week meal that little bit more special. They are sensational tossed through pasta along with toasted pine nuts, evo and fresh herbs. They make a great topping for your perfectly cooked steak. They are wonderful added to a goats cheese tart and are a fabulous addition in your lunch time wrap or baguette…….the list goes on.
Having caramelised onions in your fridge are also fabulous and a little hero when you need that quick little canape. With caramelised onions in the fridge, you can fill a little mini pastry tartlet with these sweet treasures, pop the cork on a bottle and enjoy! If you’ve enjoyed the company and that bottle a little too much (good for you) and dinner is now chasing you, armed with the dinner ideas above, caramelised onions again, just might save the day!
Mini tartlets of caramelised onion with Relish Mama’s beetroot and balsamic relish and goats cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 onions, finely chopped
1 heaped teaspoon of brown sugar
1 tablespoon great quality balsamic vinegar
Salt & Pepper
Ready-made mini savoury pastry cases *
I -2 tablespoon’s of Relish Mama Beetroot & Balsamic relish
100g soft good quality marinated goats cheese, crumbled (or use a good quality fetta)
Fresh thyme leaves, to garnish
Heat a large pan over low heat. Add the onions & cook for approximately 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally until very soft. Add the sugar, balsamic vinegar, pinch of salt & some pepper & cook for 5 minutes longer until the onions are caramelized. Remove from the heat & leave to cool. These can be stored, for up to a week, in an air-tight container in the fridge.
Fill the pastry cases with caramelised onions, top with Relish Mama’s beetroot and balsamic relish and a little crumbled goats cheese and thyme leaves.
*Pastry cases, a great balsamic vinegar and beetroot relish are available at Relish Mama’s online & in-house store. Most major supermarkets also now stock a variety of mini pastry cases as do many good delis and food stores.