Goat Cheese and Onion Tarts

I have always loved the idea of visiting France.  French food fascinates me.   This is something that I would imagine I could find in a cosy little bistro for lunch. An easy and delicious recipe that can be used as an appetizer or as a main entrée along with a salad.   I forewarn you once you start eating these its hard to stop. 

Goat Cheese and Onion Tarts
An easy and delicious recipe that can be used as a main entree or as an appetizer
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Ingredients
  1. Pastry
  2. 1 3/4 cups flour
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 1/2 cup unsalted butter in cubes
  5. 2 eggs beaten
  6. 3 tablespoons of cold water
  7. Filling
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. 1 large onion sliced
  10. Leaves from 2 thyme sprigs ,minced
  11. 1 bay leaf
  12. 1 tsp of parsley ( optional)
  13. 2 tsp dried mustard
  14. Salt and Pepper to taste
  15. 8 oz goat cheese at room temperature
  16. 8 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  17. 2 eggs
  18. 2/3 cup of heavy cream / evaporated milk
Instructions
  1. Pastry
  2. In medium bowl combine flour and salt. Cut in butter with pastry cutter until the mixture is the texture of course crumbs. Add eggs and 1/2 water and mix quickly with fork. add more water if needed. Press the dough together with your fingers and pat into a flat disk. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 30 mins.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350. Roll dough out and fit pastry into your tart pan. Line with aluminum foil and weight down with dried beans or pasta. Bake for approximately 10 mins or until pastry is set. Remove it from oven and remove the foil and beans. Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork and return to oven for about 5 mins or until lightly brown. Remove and cool.
  4. Filling
  5. In a small pan add olive oil and sauté the onion , thyme , and bay leaf until the onion is golden. Remove from heat discard the bay leaf. Set aside. In a food processor or with a mixer combine the goat cheese, cream cheese , eggs, dried mustard and salt and pepper. Mix until smooth.
  6. Put some of the onion mixture in each of the pastry shells and then add the cheese mixture. Bake at 350 for about 15 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out clean.
  7. Serve warm.
Notes
  1. *1 tsp of parsley makes a nice addition to the onion mixture
  2. * Store bought puff pastry can be used instead of homemade
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