Caramelized Onion Tartlets Recipe
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Caramelized Onion Tartlets Recipe

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Jerri Hansen of Council Bluffs, Iowa, fills crunchy phyllo shells with a sweet onion mixture. "I enjoy experimenting with novel flavors and ingredients," she writes. "I've used this recipe for open houses and potlucks."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 15 min.
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 2 large sweet onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup hot water
  • 1 tablespoon beef bouillon granules
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded Swiss cheese
  • 8 sheets phyllo dough (14 inches x 9 inches)

Nutritional Facts

3 each: 247 calories, 18g fat (11g saturated fat), 51mg cholesterol, 521mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 1g fiber), 6g protein.


  1. In a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Add onions and sugar. Cook over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or until the onions are golden brown, stirring frequently. Stir in water and bouillon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 5-7 minutes or until liquid has evaporated. Remove from the heat; stir in cheese.
  2. Melt remaining butter. Place one sheet of phyllo dough on a work surface; brush with butter. Brush to distribute evenly. Repeat with a second sheet; brush with butter. Cut into 12 squares. (Keep remaining phyllo covered with plastic wrap and a damp towel to prevent drying.) Repeat three times, making 48 squares.
  3. Press one square into a greased miniature muffin cup. Top with another square of phyllo, placing corners off center. Spoon about 1 tablespoon onion mixture into cup. Repeat with remaining phyllo squares and onion mixture. Bake at 375° for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm. Yield: 2 dozen.
Originally published as Caramelized Onion Tartlets in Quick Cooking May/June 2004, p18

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LyndsayPaige User ID: 7655600 68051
Reviewed Sep. 26, 2014

"These are one of my favorite go-to appetizers when I throw a fun party. It's quick and easy, but looks like you slaved away in the kitchen all day!"

cdeszo User ID: 730546 91865
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"I made these for the first time last weekend and will definitley make again. I did not enjoy working with the Phyllo Dough so I am going to try them with Won Ton Wrappers which will also add a little more crunch!"

pbarnes User ID: 1368071 57196
Reviewed Dec. 19, 2007

"These are super-tasty, and always a huge hit at any event."

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