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Eat and Be Merry | Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets

December 11, 2011













Ahoy mates! I am THIS happy (x 1000) to be back here!

One piece of advice for all of you lovelies…do NOT, ever, under any circumstances, plan a move for December 1. Now, I didn’t have a whole lot of choice in the matter, and consider myself lucky that things worked out the way that they did. It coulda been a lot worse, and so I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth, you know what I’m sayin’? But, please try to avoid a December move if at all possible.













‘Cause then, when all you want to do is enjoy the wonderfuness of this holiday season (the decorating, the baking, the parties, the eating, the shopping), you’ll be faced with the unfortunate task of unpacking and organizing. Not a good time my friends, not a good time.

However, should you find yourself in such a predicament, there is a solution. Listen close friends, this is golden advice. Ready?

Unpack and organize the essentials…your kitchen, your bedroom, and your living room…and shove everything else into a room, shut the door, and don’t go back in that dang room until January. Problem solved! πŸ™‚ Don’t tell me I never gave you any good advice.













On to the good stuff! See these beautiful little tartlets?

Make ’em and take ’em to a party this holiday season. Or throw your own party and give ’em a place at your table. They are quick and simple, but big on flavor. The shallots become so sweet and caramelized, they don’t even taste like shallots! Not that I have anything against the little guys. Mega-delicious. A definite party hit!













Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Tartlets (from a friend of a friend)

6 shallots, chopped finely

2 TBSP. olive oil

2 TBSP. balsamic vinegar

3 TBSP. brown sugar

Salt and pepper, to taste

5 ounces of goat cheese, cut into 24 hunks

2 eggs, beaten

2/3 cup milk

24 mini tart shells

Preheat the oven to 350Β°F. Prebake the tarts for 10 minutes and set aside.Β Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the shallots, and sautΓ© for a few minutes, or until they start to turn clear. Add the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and salt and pepper. Allow the mixture to reduce and the shallots to caramelize (about 6-7 minutes). Fill each tart shell with a small amount of the caramelized shallots. Top with a hunk of goat cheese. Mix the eggs and milk together, and season with salt and pepper. Fill the remainder of each tart shell with the milk/egg mixture. Bake immediately for an additional 20-25 minutes, or until the tarts are set and golden brown. Serve warm.













There’s just one problem with that awesome advice I was dishing out earlier. I can’t find anything.

23 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2011 11:21 pm

    My family is living in an apt and remodeling their home right now. I flew back to spend the holidays with them, but everyone is busy busy busy getting things ready to move back in by Jan 1st. Oy vey, I expected more holiday cheer you know?! Luckily, I scrounged up some decorations and threw up a couple in our apt so at least it is a teensy bit festive. Any other tips on what you can do to enjoy the holiday given the circumstance? Seems like we are in the same kinda situation!

    • December 12, 2011 12:16 pm

      Hi Allison! Yikes, moving Jan. 1 is even more challenging! I wonder if there might be some festive events happening in your community that you and your family could attend? Santa Claus parades? Any Christmas festivals? I love to enjoy the holidays through cooking and baking, so maybe you and your family could do some cooking or baking together and enjoy the tastes of the season. I have also been surrounding myself with family and friends – all of the people I love most. To me, Christmas means time with loved ones – and really, it doesn’t matter where we are, just that we’re together. I hope you and your family have a fabulous holiday season. Good luck with the move! πŸ™‚

  2. December 12, 2011 7:52 am

    Delicious! I love shallots and goat cheese together, such a good combo.

  3. December 12, 2011 12:30 pm

    Glad you are moved in in time for the holidays and that you are back with us! Merry Christmas!

  4. December 12, 2011 3:56 pm

    I feel your pain — I’ve moved in December before too! (Ugh, snow and all, lol!) These tartlets look amazing!! Caramelized onion is just about my favorite thing ever. πŸ™‚

    • December 12, 2011 3:59 pm

      I got lucky and the little bit of snow we’d had before my move was mostly gone, but it still wasn’t the most fun experience. Then again, when is moving fun?! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  5. December 12, 2011 10:04 pm

    moving is always a problem.all the packing and unpacking.its usually days before you can get back to normal life.we used to move around a lot.the good part is that when you start packing you discover a lot of thing in your house that you didn’t even know was there.i found all my lost objects during packing.your tartlets looks delicious.i’m going to make them.Merry Christmas.

    • December 12, 2011 10:26 pm

      That is very true my dear. Moving also helps to weed out the things that you never use! Merry Christmas, and I hope you enjoy the tarts!

  6. December 14, 2011 8:15 pm

    These tarts look and sound so amazing!

    I’m glad you got all the moving done just in time for Christmas- and that is some really sound advice. After all, out of sight, out of mine right? πŸ˜€

  7. December 16, 2011 6:40 am

    These are the cutest little tartlets! And I’m facing a move in Feb so I’ll have to follow your advice about kitchen, bedroom, living room – i hate moving. HATE IT!

    • December 16, 2011 8:18 am

      Thank you my dear! And good luck with your move – may it be pain free with minimal casualties (the only item that didn’t make the journey from point A to point B in my move is a lamp that I wasn’t too fond of anyways)! Merry Christmas!

  8. December 16, 2011 6:29 pm

    yum! This is exactly the savory treat I’ve been craving πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to give the recipe a try!

  9. Whitney permalink
    December 20, 2011 1:41 pm

    Wow. Looks amazing! Definitely making these for my office holiday party!

  10. January 4, 2012 5:55 am

    Wowzers! I need to make these : )

    Happy 2012

  11. January 28, 2012 7:41 pm

    Anything with goat cheese is a winner! Yummm.

  12. talegagirls permalink
    February 7, 2012 8:48 pm

    Where did you find those cute little tart shells? Is that a regular grocery tore item?

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