red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

I was inspired to make these onion tartlets after seeing a fabulous recipe on What Katie Ate  (one of my favourite food blogs). I wanted to add red wine to the onions as I had done with my onion marmalade recipe in my book. The liquid cooks off and the flavour stays behind adding so much depth.

The sweet onions, earthy thyme and the goats cheese on crispy flaky pastry are an all round winning combination. These tarts are so versatile and perfect to serve on their own as a starter.

When using puff pastry, I have found that its best to pre-bake it for 10 minutes before. I find that if you add a filling (especially one with a lot of liquid), the middle part of the tart doesn’t crisp up as it should. It stays dense and a little soggy. So I score the rim, pre bake it, and then press the inner bit (which also puffs up in the initial bake) down, and then add the filling. It works a bit like a vol-au-vent.

I like to use Woolworths all butter puff pastry sheets. Each pack has two 23cm x 23cm square sheets.

This is the final recipe in my short series where onions are the hero of the dish.

red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 8 medium tartlets

red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets


  • 3 onions thinly sliced
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 1 cup of red wine
  • 3 T brown sugar
  • 3 – 4 sprigs of thyme leaves removed and a few extra for garnishing each tart
  • Salt & black pepper
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry 23c x 23cms (1 pack of Woolies all butter puff)
  • 200g goats cheese (25g per tartlet)
  • splash of milk to brush the pastry rim


  1. Heat the oil in a pan and fry the onions over a low heat until softened but not browned, about 15 minutes.
  2. Add ½ the red wine and deglaze the pan, allowing all the liquid to cook off.
  3. Add the sugar, thyme, salt and pepper and cook for 5 more minutes.
  4. Add the remainder of the red wine and once again continue cooking and stirring until the liquid has cooked off.
  5. Place your puff pastry sheets on a floured surface and cut out the circles to desired size. You could also cut the pastry into 4 x squares. This way you better optimise the pastry sheet with no wastage through offcuts. This recipe makes 8 tartlets that are 8cm in diameter.
  6. Score the inside of the pastry with a small cookie cutter or a knife, but don’t cut all the way through, to make a small rim.
  7. Brush the rim of each case lightly with milk, or and egg and milk mix (I find the egg just makes it a little darker but isn't entirely necessary), and bake in a oven that has been preheated to 180C for 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from the oven and press down on the inner circle piece so that it drops down, it should come away where you have scored it, and fill each pastry case with the caramelised onion.
  9. Top with the goats cheese (you can either crumble this or cut into discs), scatter over fresh thyme leaves and return to the oven to bake for a further 20 minutes.


Serve warm or cold on their own or with a salad.

Tip* This recipe could also make one larger tart, or be made into smaller canape sizes for a party

To see my other onion recipes – take a look at these links:

Crispy oven roasted onion rings with a jalapeno dip

Creamed onion gratin with blue cheese

A cheats pissaladiere with baguette

Easy roasted onions with thyme

A friend of mine  posted a delicious sounding recipe on her blog this week for an onion tart tatin which just sounds so tasty. Check out Tandy’s recipe here.

red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

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43 Responses to red wine caramelised onions & goats cheese tartlets

  1. Tandy April 12, 2013 at 9:47 am #

    oh yum! these look divine. I can see myself doing these in a huge mushroom as well 🙂 thanks for the link love Sam xox

  2. Sam April 12, 2013 at 9:53 am #

    Thanks Tandy, I’m SO making the tatin soon x

  3. lauren April 12, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    yum yum…all these onion recipes are really inspiring me to do some cooking this weekend.

  4. Sneh | Cook Republic April 12, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    I HAD to come by and comment after I saw these on Pinterest. Gorgeous little things Sam!! I love love caramelised onion tarts and make a version spiked with thyme, red wine and crumbled goat’s cheese that I found in Annabel Langbein’s cookbook. Now I want one of these!!!

  5. Lisa the Gourmet Wog April 12, 2013 at 2:37 pm #

    The humble onion really is underrated, yet its so delicious if done correctly, like here! That looks amazing

  6. Laura (Tutti Dolci) April 12, 2013 at 5:48 pm #

    Beautiful photos! I love tartlets, these look irresistible.

  7. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence April 12, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    Yum!! That pastry looks so flaky and delicious. I’ve never caramelized onions in red wine, but I am going to need to try it after seeing this!

  8. Sam April 12, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Hi and thanks Sneh, all round such great flavours. I add so much wine, but love them like that.

  9. Sam April 12, 2013 at 9:04 pm #

    Hi Brandon *waves* 🙂

  10. Sam April 12, 2013 at 9:05 pm #

    Thank you kindly Laura.

  11. Sam April 12, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    Go for it Lauren and let me know how it goes.

  12. FashionEdible April 12, 2013 at 10:36 pm #

    I love caramelizing onions with wine (or with balsamic vinegar) and it’s fun to see how you’ve combined them with goat cheese. I think anything with goat cheese is good 🙂

  13. michelle deiter April 13, 2013 at 12:53 am #

    These look delicious ! I am going to make these and photograph them…..this week !

  14. Zirkie April 13, 2013 at 5:16 pm #

    I loved this onion series of recipes, Sam!

  15. Belinda @themoonblushbaker April 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm #

    I love to make this tart often( I sometimes sub the goat cheese for feta or bits of roasted pupmkin with sage leaves) Onions are magical things, the natural sweetness is often overlooked. Wonderful photos, I hope you post more tart recipes!

  16. Rosie @ Blueberry Kitchen April 13, 2013 at 7:45 pm #

    Your tarts look and sound so delicious! I absolutely love the sound of the goats cheese, caramelised onion and red wine combination! I can’t wait to try making these 🙂

  17. Sam April 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm #

    Thanks Rosie, enjoy!

  18. Sam April 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    HI Belinda, I’m sure I will going forward.

  19. Sam April 14, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

    Thanks Zirkie, I had so much fun with it….wanted to do many more too.

  20. M.E April 25, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    I did a very similar recipe too but used shortcrust instead of puff pastry, I have to say that the puff pastry looks very light and yummy, thanks for sharing! I will definitely try your recipe 🙂

  21. Elaine July 12, 2013 at 6:40 am #

    This looks delicious 🙂 Can any of this recipe be made in advance, such as baking the puff pastry, and then filling just before serving? Thank you!

  22. Sam July 12, 2013 at 1:56 pm #

    Hi Elaine, the filling can be made in advance. Puff pastry is best warm out the oven, and the pie is best cold with the filling and cheese already baked.

  23. Sian January 23, 2015 at 4:26 pm #

    Hi Sam,
    For the tartlets, In the interest of spending more time with my guests, just need to clarify:
    I can make the onion mixture in advance,
    I can bake the pastry (shells) in advance,
    Tartlets are best assembled, baked (20 min) and served WARM
    Sian 🙂

  24. Sam January 25, 2015 at 9:55 am #

    Hi Sian. Yes make the onion in advance. But I woulod do the pre baking and then the main baking just before serving. Really quite quick.

  25. Carly November 26, 2015 at 6:02 am #

    Hi Sam

    Did you use red onions for this one?


  26. Sam November 26, 2015 at 11:14 am #

    Hi Carly – I thnk I used brown onions (white) if I remember correctly but think red onions would be awesome too.

  27. Amanda Pearson April 1, 2016 at 2:37 pm #

    Hi Sam, the T for olive oil and brown sugar what spoon measurement is this please.

  28. Sam April 4, 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    HI Amanda T is tablespoon and t is teaspooon. I have changed that to Tbsp and tsp in more recent recipes.


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