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Goat Cheese & Onion Pastries

A flaky puff pastry crust holds sweet caramelized onions and creamy goat cheese for an easy yet upscale appetizer. The recipe is a must on all our entertaining menus. —Heidi Ellis, Monument, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min.
  • Makes
    1 dozen

Ingredients

  • 6 bacon strips, chopped
  • 2 large onions, finely chopped
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 large egg white, beaten
  • 1 log (4 ounces) fresh goat cheese, cut into 12 slices

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, stirring occasionally. Remove with a slotted spoon; drain on paper towels. Discard drippings, reserving 2 teaspoons in pan. Add onions, shallots and sugar to drippings; cook and stir over medium heat until vegetables are golden brown, 15-20 minutes.
  • Add wine, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in thyme, garlic and pepper. Cook, uncovered, until liquid is evaporated, 2-3 minutes. Stir in bacon.
  • On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry. Cut into three 9x3-in. rectangles. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush dough with egg white; top with onion mixture and goat cheese. Bake until golden brown, 16-20 minutes. Cut each rectangle into 4 appetizers. Garnish with additional thyme if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 168 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 10mg cholesterol, 186mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 4g protein.
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