I always love simple and delicious appetizers. These Caramelized Onion and Feta Puffs are always a huge hit. Usually I always have vegetables and dip, or lots of good cheese and crackers for appetizers. But I remembered those delicious Trader Joe’s appetizers we used to get years ago. If you are ever in a crunch for appetizers and need something quick, try these out, Trader Joe’s Pastry Bites with Feta Cheese and Caramelized Onions. You can find them in the freezer section of Trader Joe’s.
I decided to make these from scratch during a party and they were a huge hit. But I needed to find an easier way to make them also, and decided to try the frozen puff pasty – they were awesome and so easy.
On top of that today Monika at Splendid Willow is featuring some great simple appetizers for her 2 cent series and she is featuring these Caramelized Onion and Feta Puffs. There are some other great appetizer ideas from other bloggers too, if you are looking for some great ideas.
If you want to make these Caramelized Onion and Feta Puffs you can either buy the dough or make it yourself. They are both good but one is a bit quicker.
Caramelized Onion and Feta Puffs
Makes: 24 puffs | Thaw: 40 minutes | Prep Time: 20 minutes | Bake: 15 minutes
1 box (17.3oz) Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry Sheets or use recipe for Galette Dough
2 large yellow onions
4 tbsp of butter
8 oz feta cheese
Thaw the pasty sheet at room temperature 40 minutes or until easy to handle. Heat over to 400 F.
Slice your onions and caramelize them with 4 tbsp of butter in a pan. It should take you about 15 minutes to caramelize your onions. Remember to keep the onions on low temperature and stirring constantly.
Once the puff pastry has thawed cut the sheets into 2″x2″ squares and place into a tartlette pan or muffin pan. Fill each pasty with onion and then feta. You should use abut 1 tsp of onion in each and about 1 tbsp of feta in each pasty.
Once done seal each pasty by combining each corner together. Place in the over for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.
1¼ cups all-purpose flour
1 tbsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
8 tbsp unsalted butter
¼ cup and 1 tbsp ice water
Using a food processor add the flour, sugar and salt together and pulse. Then cut butter into flour mixture and pulse again until the butter is completely incorporated. Add ice water and continue to pulse until mixture comes together to form a mass.Add more ice water if necessary, one tablespoon at a time. Gently form mass into a ball and divide into two equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball, wrap in plastic wrap and chill for at least 30 minutes and as long as overnight. (Dough can be frozen, too.)
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