Thursday, September 29, 2011

fig tart with caramelized red onion

photo from spoon fork bacon.
I recently stumbled across this recipe for a fig tart with caramelized red onion on one of my favorite foodie reads, Spoon Fork Bacon, a blog that always has uncomplicated, yet delicious recipes accompanied by gorgeous pictures. I have a real weak spot for figs but have a hard time finding easy recipes involving them. Let me tell you, this recipe was simple and a big piece of melt in your mouth deliciousness.Check out their other fig-licious recipes here. 

Fig Tart with Caramelized Red Onions Recipe:
Makes 1 tart

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
½ red onion, thinly sliced
1 ½ teaspoons light brown sugar
4 ounces goat cheese, softened
1 orange, zested
1 sheet puff pastry, thawed and cut into a 9”x 6” rectangle
5-6 figs, stems removed and sliced
2 teaspoons thyme, minced
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. Melt butter in a medium sauté pan, over medium heat.
3. Add the sliced onions to the pan and sauté for about 5 minutes.
4. Stir the sugar into the onions and bring the heat down to medium-low. Season with salt and pepper and stir.
5. Allow the onions to slowly caramelize in the pan for 25-30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. While the onions caramelize, fold the goat cheese and orange zest together in a small bowl until fully combined.
7. Spread an even layer of the goat cheese mixture over the puff pastry, leaving a ½ inch border.
8. Layer the sliced figs and caramelized onions over the goat cheese mixture and top with thyme. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
9. Carefully transfer the puff pastry onto a baking sheet lined with parchment.
10. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the edges of the tart are golden brown.
11. Allow the tart to cool, about 5 minutes. Cut into pieces and serve.

{Note: Good news is, it's still fig season so snatch up some fresh ones at your grocery story or farmers market while you can. I found some really fresh ones at Mona Lisa's deli in Little Italy recently and have also bought them at the Golden Hill Farmers Market and Trader Joe's. Dried figs would also suffice, but as always when it comes to anything, the fresher the better.}


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