Sometimes the simplest things are the best. This recipe only calls for 3 main ingredients, and it is almost guaranteed to receive compliments whenever you serve them. Almost guaranteed, because some people do not love onions and I can not guarantee that you win them over, but everybody else for sure!
I rarely cook anything savory without onions. They are such a nice base for most recipes and love all of them – white, yellow, red or green, just bring them to me and amazing things will happen!
In this recipe, I used small white onions that bake to soft caramelized sweetness. I developed this recipe for a wine store to celebrate Estonian Independence day and this was meant to pair with bubbly. And oh it does! In case you have celebrations in order, I recommend serving these little bites with a glass of Champagne or Crémant. That said, the bites are also very suitable for just a snack and easy enough to prepare on a weeknight. If you don't have big plans to celebrate, you can also skip fiddling with small muffin tins and just bake a whole thing in one pan. If your frying pan is oven-proof, you can even use the same pan you use for the onions, just top it with a large pastry round, push the edges down gently and bake for a little longer than you would bake the smaller bites. Onions with butter and puff pastry are delicious in any size and form! Enjoy these simple onion canapés!
Three-ingredient Onion Canapés
Cooking time: 1 hour
6 small onions
4 tbsp butter
A few sprigs of thyme or rosemary
A sprinkle of salt
7 oz puff pastry
Peel the onions and cut them into halves. Try to peel them so that the layers still stay together, do not cut too much off from the ends.
Melt the butter in the pan on medium heat, season with salt, and add your herbs to the pan too.
Add the onions to the pan – cut side up at first and leave them to medium-low heat for 15 minutes. Then carefully flip them over, increase the heat a little and leave them for another 15 minutes. You want the onions to be caramelized and soft, almost melting away, but at the same time still holding together.
At the same time preheat the oven to 430F, find a mini muffin tin (mine has 12 holes). Roll out the pastry to about ¼ inch thickness and cut out the rounds that are a little larger than your muffin holes.
Once the onions are soft and golden, carefully transfer them to the muffin tins, cut side down. Divide the butter leftover from the onions between the holes. Cover the onions with pastry rounds and gently push the edges down.
Bake about 15-17 minutes until the pastry is golden and crispy. After baking leave them to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then cover the pan with a chopping board and turn it over quickly, so the bites fall out.
The bites are best while still warm, but they are still delicious cold too.
By Kadri Raig
Kadri is a food blogger and yoga teacher from Estonia. She loves to spend time in the kitchen, but most of her recipes are simple and don’t take more than 20 minutes of active cooking time. She thinks that everybody can find time to cook healthy food at home, it is just a question of planning. "I work in an office full time, teach yoga 7-8 hours a week and write a blog. So if I manage to cook most of my meals, then so do you!" Connect with Kadri and enjoy many more of her delicious healthy recipes on her website here: www.kahvliga.ee.
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