These tasty little morsels would make a perfect walking starter or canapé option for dinner parties! Just looking at them makes us hungry…
We all know how delicious traditional apple tartes tatin is, so why not create a mini savoury version using onions, which contain natural sugars that caramelise as beautifully as apples.
- 80 ml olive oil
- 3 onions, thinly sliced
- 2 thyme sprigs, plus extra leaves for garnish
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 50 g grated cheddar cheese
For the dough
- 250 g self-raising flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 100 ml milk
- 40 g butter, melted
- 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
- 1 egg
- Place the oil, onion and thyme in a frying pan over low heat and cook, stirring regularly, for 20–30 minutes or until softened and caramelised. Discard the thyme sprigs. Season with salt and pepper.
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Lightly grease two 12-hole mini-muffin tins.
- Meanwhile, for the dough, sift the flour and salt into a bowl and make a well in the centre. Whisk the milk, butter, mustard and egg together in a separate bowl. Add to the dry ingredients and mix with a fork until the dough just comes together. Knead briefly on a floured work surface until smooth. Roll out to 1 cm thick and, using a 2.5 cm round cutter, cut into 20 circles.
- Place a spoonful of onion in the base of each mini-muffin hole, sprinkle with some cheese and top with a circle of dough. Bake for 10–15 minutes or until golden. Leave in tins for 3–4 minutes. To remove the tartes, cover each tray with a large plate and invert the tartes onto the plate. Garnish with the extra thyme leaves.
Extracts taken from Cooked: Food for Friends by Hardie Grant (Hardie Grant £12.99 RRP)
This recipe – Bitesize: Tartlets, Quichettes and Cute Things – Photography by Marina Oliphant