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Goat's cheese & onion pastries

Goat's cheese & onion pastries

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Prep: 50 mins Cook: 10 mins

Easy

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

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal546
  • fat43g
  • saturates20g
  • carbs27g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein14g
  • salt1.8g
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Ingredients

For the onions

  • 3 tbsp olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 3 large onion, halved and thinly sliced

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp chopped walnut

    Walnut

    wall-nut

    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

  • 12 pitted Kalamata olive, halved

    Olive

    ol-liv

    Widely grown all over the Mediterranean, where they've been cultivated since biblical times…

  • 2 tsp chopped rosemary

    Rosemary

    rose-mar-ee

    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

For the pastry & topping

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

    Walnut

    wall-nut

    Walnuts are one of the most popular and versatile of all nuts. When picked young, they're…

For the dressed watercress

  • generous handfuls watercress

    Watercress

    wort-er-cress

    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 3 tbsp walnut oil

Method

  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.

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Comments (5)

debtom's picture
5

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
5

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
4

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

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