Cheats Caramelised Onion and Tomato Tart

So I have been super busy the last week! I started my first job on the 1 April so my student days are officially over!  Then it was Easter which Doug and I spent in Elgin.  We ate so many Hot Cross Buns, braaied pork belly, potato and apple bake, the best sausages ever (they sell them at Gogo’s Deli in Newlands Village) and of course some Easter eggs.  It definitely was a weekend of indulgence!

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This week, after a long day at work, I just wanted to rustle up something quick and easy.  So I cheated, which is perfectly fine in cooking, especially if you tired or have limited time.  I cheated with my ‘tart’ pastry – good old shop bought puff pastry.  Just take it out the freezer and let it defrost, simple as that.  My caramelised onions were also a bit of a cheat.  Instead of slowly cooking them over a low heat for a long time I wacked my onions on a medium heat with some butter, thyme, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar to bring out the lovely sweetness and assist in caramelisation.

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Covered in baby tomatoes, feta and fresh basil and served with a side salad this makes the perfect late summer lunch or light dinner!  Add some thinly sliced chilli for heat or chorizo for some spicy meaty joy.

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Cheats Caramelised Onion and Tomato Tart

Serves 4

  • 400g puff pastry (shop bought)
  • 2 onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig of thyme
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tsp brown sugar
  • 350g baby tomatoes, halved
  • 75g feta (I used Danish – delicious and soft)
  • Handful fresh basil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Optional: 1 chilli finely sliced
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 C with the baking tray inside the oven (this means when you put the puff pastry on the baking tray the middle doesn’t get soggy)
  2. Put a pan on medium heat with the butter and a splash of olive oil
  3. Add the onions, thyme, balsamic vinegar and brown sugar
  4. Cook until the onions are soft and sweet, about 15 minutes
  5. When the oven is up to heat, take out the baking tray and place the puff pastry on the tray
  6. Cover with the caramelised onions, sprinkle with the tomatoes, feta and chilli
  7. Put in the oven for 10 minutes or until the pastry is golden brown and crispy
  8. Sprinkle over the basil and season
  9. Slice and serve with a lovely side salad

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