Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Phyllo Tarts

Need a quick and easy yet elegant appetizer this December? These Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets are your answer! A few ingredients and some help from pre-made phyllo tarts make these bite size appetizers speedy, simple, and scrumptious.

I was planning my contributions to a big family dinner recently and decided that I was tired of the pre-dinner starvation ritual that we all go through. You know it…about four hours before the big dinner, people start hovering in the kitchen, begging for something to hold them over. Everyone was “smart” and decided to forego lunch in preparation for the gluttony to come for dinner. No one thought about how hungry they would be while they waited on the big meal. My response at this meal? Here…have a Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlet. They were a big success but were gone way too quickly!

Note:  If you are feeling ambitious, make your own phyllo tarts with phyllo sheets, butter and a mini muffin tin. Just cut small squares of phyllo, layer two or three decoratively in the mini muffin tins with butter brushed on each in between. Bake until golden brown. Done.

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlet Recipe

Makes 12 Mini Tarts


  • 1/2 Vidalia onion, sliced thinly
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • 4 oz Goat cheese, crumbled
  • 12 Mini phyllo tarts, thawed (can be purchased in frozen section)


  1. In a large skillet, add oil and onions. Slowly cook over medium heat. When onions are translucent, add sugar and balsamic vinegar. Reduce to medium low. Cook for 15 minutes or until onions are a caramel color. Allow to cool.
  2. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Place a crumble or two of goat cheese at the bottom of each tart shell. Add 1 tablespoon of onion mix into each tart shell. Top with goat cheese. Bake for approximately 5 minutes, or until cheese is slightly melted. Serve immediately.

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