Goats cheese and red onion marmalade tart

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Goats cheese and red onion marmalade tart

Deck the halls with buddy holly, fa la la la la la, la la la la.
Christmas week, always a bit hectic with music gigs to play, presents to buy and friends to entertain, the countdown is in full swing! It’s the time of year when pushing the envelope of extravagance is all the rage. From the end of November onwards, there is no escaping Christmas. What attracts me most is the part that focuses on catching up with family and friends around celebratory meals and good cheer.

With the possibility of guests arriving at the drop of a hat, it’s good to have a few key ingredients at your disposal that can be used to whip up a quick tasty treat. This goats cheese tart is one such dish. Flaky pastry, molten cheese and red onion marmalade, yum yum! If your not a big fan of goats cheese, it can be replaced successfully with Brie or Camembert.

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A jar or two of this onion marmalade is great to have on hand. Once prepared, it will keep for a number of weeks, but I guarantee it will not be around long enough to find out. Sticky sweet and full of Unami savouriness, it’s a great accompaniment to any meat or cheese. You have to try it in a sausage sandwich with rocket.

With all this onion activity, The Shins – “Know your onions” is the perfect tune to soundtrack the creation of this dish. Love this band!

Red onion marmalade

– 50g butter
– 500g red onion, finely sliced
– 1 garlic clove, roughly chopped
–  50g caster sugar
–  1 tsp of fresh thyme leaves or dried thyme
–  150ml red wine
–  50ml red wine vinegar
–  50ml balsamic vinegar

To make the red onion marmalade, heat a frying pan until hot, add the butter, chopped red onion and garlic and fry for 4/5 minutes, until just soft. Add in the sugar and thyme, and cook slowly over a low heat for 20 minutes, or until soften and caramelised. Increase the heat and add the red wine and balsamic/red wine vinegar. Bring to a simmer and cook for a further 10-15 minutes until the liquid has evaporated. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Leave to cool.
Goats cheese and red onion marmalade tart

– 1 roll of ready made all butter puff pastry
– 1 stick of soft goats cheese
– 1 tbsp of red onion marmalade
– Olive oil
– Salad leaves

To make the tart, unfold a roll of ready made puff pastry. Try to use all butter puff pastry if possible. Melt a little butter. Cut out a rectangular piece and place on a buttered baking tray. Brush the top of the pastry with more of the melted butter.
Bake in a 180 degree oven for five minutes or until risen slightly. Remove from the oven and place thin slices of the goats cheese and dollops of the red onion marmalade on top. Return to the oven for a further ten minutes until the cheese is melting and the pastry is light brown. Drizzle the tart with a little olive oil and serve with a crunchy salad.

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