These are easy to produce, look fabulous on the plate and just melt in your mouth. They make a light meal suitable for a lunch or as a separate course at a dinner party or more formal occasion. And before anyone writes, yes I made only 3 instead of 4, using the same quantities of ingredients. It was just that I was cooking for 3 people not 4, and I did not want any leftovers.
Serves 4 Preparation Time: 10 minutes. Cooking Time: 45 minutes.
10ml/1 desertspoon Olive oil
10gm/1oz/1 desertspoon Butter
330gm/11oz/2 cups Red onions, finely chopped
5ml/1 teaspoon Sugar
Salt and Pepper, freshly ground
250gm/8oz Ready-rolled Puff Pastry *( see separate recipe for easy make puff pastry)
120gm/5oz/ Strong Cheese (Cheddar)
15gm/ 1/2oz/ Fresh Thyme or equivalent dried Thyme.
Heat oil and butter in a saucepan, and then add the finely chopped onion, and the sugar. Season and then with the lid on cook gently for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Lay out the pastry on a floured surface and cut into 4 equal rectangular portions. Position them on a baking sheet. With a sharp knife, draw a line around the edge of each portion, forming a 1cm/1/2inch border.
Divide the cooked onions between the portions, leaving the border clear. Sprinkle the thyme on top of the onion and then repeat with the cheese.
Brush the borders with beaten egg or milk and then bake in a preheated oven set at 200C/400F/Gas Mark 5/moderate hot, for 15 minutes.
Serve immediately or cold, with either some green vegetable and boiled potatoes or salad.