Goat's cheese & onion pastries

Goat's cheese & onion pastries

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Cooking time

Prep: 50 mins Cook: 10 mins

Skill level



Serves 8

Use a hearty shortcrust base then top with creamy cheese and crunchy walnuts and contrast with watercress salad

Nutrition and extra info

  • Easily halved
  • Vegetarian
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For the onions

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 large onions, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnuts
  • 12 pitted Kalamata olives, halved
  • 2 tsp chopped rosemary

For the pastry & topping

  • 500g pack all-butter shortcrust pastry
  • 4 Capricorn goat's cheese, halved (keep the rind on)
  • 8 walnuts halves

For the dressed watercress

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  1. For the onions, heat the oil in a non-stick pan. Add the onions, stir well, then cover and cook for 15 mins, stirring every now and then. Stir really well and add the sugar, lots of seasoning and the walnuts, olives and rosemary. Cook for 5 mins more, until soft and very golden.
  2. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Thinly roll out the pastry, then stamp out 8 fluted rounds with a 10cm cutter. Prick with a fork, then bake for 10 mins. Mix the dressing ingredients together. This can all be prepared a few days ahead.
  3. Pile the onions onto the pastry rounds, top with goat‘s cheese and place a walnut half on top of the cheese. Bake for 10 mins until the cheese is melty. Toss the watercress with the dressing, pile onto plates and serve the pastry on top.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, December 2009

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debtom's picture
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Made this for a dinner party starter & was a real success. Not a walnut fan so used pecans instead & dressed the leaves with a mix of balsalmic & olive oil. Will make again!

denythefencedee's picture

Not tried it yet - but I think this needs some good balsamic on the side to dress

matti0205's picture

I have just made a 'dummy run' of this for a dinner party on NYE...It is fantastic, I'm certain my friends will love it. Very easy...just delicious.

deborahhartup's picture
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This is really good! I made all the different components through the day, really easy, then as the main course was cooking, I put it all together and wacked in the oven for 10 minutes, looked amazing, tasted stunning- all the guest were super-impressed! The goats cheese looked too much before it was cooked, but once cooked and went all melty it was just a perfect amount for the salad, pastry and onion bit. The dressing was really simple but complimented the creamy cheese so well. Definitely make that again!

ecbkgb's picture
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I made these as a main course, using puff pastry instead. Served with boiled green beans tossed in sauteed tomato and garlic. Very nice as a veggie supper