This is a recipe a loyal fan shared with us on Facebook…Enjoy!
For pastry dough:
2 ½ cup all-purpose flour
2 sticks cold unsalted butter, cut into ½ inch pieces
½ teaspoon salt
5 to 8 tablespoons ice water – just add ice cubes to glass of cold water
Blend together flour and salt in food processor for a couple of seconds. Add cubed unsalted butter and pulse until resembles coarse meal – kinda the size of green peas. Add 5 tablespoons of ice water and pulse until incorporated. Squeeze a small handful of dough: if dough does not hold together add ice water, ½ tablespoon at a time, pulse quickly until incorporated. Do not overwork or dough will be tough. Dough will be a little crumbly in the food processor and that is ok. Gather up dough and place on plastic wrap and form a ball. Chill for at least 1 hour.
Meanwhile…make your caramelized onions
4 large sweet onions sliced thin – (I used 1015’s big fat Texas sweet onions-weigh ‘bout 1lb each)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 sprigs fresh thyme
4 tablespoons of brandy OR sherry
Sauté onions in oil and butter until caramelized and golden brown – will take about 30 minutes or more this is a slow process so don’t rush it– add thyme and deglaze pan if brandy OR sherry.
Assembling tarts – preheat oven to 425 degrees
4 ounces grated Roasted Garlic White Cheddar Cheese from The Cheese Factory
Cut ball of dough in half return extra half to fridge. Each half ball of dough will make 4 tarts.
Flour work surface lightly and roll out dough till thin about 15 by 15 inches. Move dough as you are rolling out so it does not stick to work surface. Use a small saucer to cut out 4 tarts. Place tarts on cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Crimp edges so they look cute – I just folder over edge.
Sprinkle some of grated Roasted Garlic White Cheddar on each tart shell. Top with 2 to 3 tablespoons of caramelized onions, then add slices tomatoes. Sprinkle with more Roasted Garlic White Cheddar Cheese and sprinkle with fresh basil or Herbs de Provence. OR add sautéed sliced zucchini – alternating sliced zucchini and tomatoes so look appealing.
Bake in 425 degree oven for 12 – 15 minutes until golden brown. Enjoy with glass of white wine and salad.
Here is a great Cheese Squares Recipe for everyone to enjoy.
4 cups shredded Jalapeno Extreme cheese
4 eggs beaten
1 small can green chiies
1-2 tsp. minced onion
Combine all ingredients. Stir well and spread into ungreased 8″ square pan.Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes. Cut into small 1″ squares to serve as snacks.This can also be made with smoked chedder and garlic and onion cheddar. If you like a spicier flavor, use the Jalopena Extreme. Enjoy!