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Puff Pastry Tarts with Caramelized Onions, Pears, and Goat Cheese

Course Appetizer
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 16 tarts
Author Laura Doerr


  • 1 sheet store bought puff pastry (freezer section) thawed
  • 1 yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pear diced
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme plus more for garnish


  1. Add chopped onion and olive oil to a medium skillet. Cook onions over medium to medium low heat until they begin to turn brown, about 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally, and season with salt and pepper.

  2. When onions are starting to turn brown, add in butter and diced pear. Stir and continue to cook until pears begin to soften, 5-10 minutes. Stir in fresh thyme. Remove from heat.

  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  4. Slice the thawed puff pastry into 16 equal pieces. Arrange on a large baking sheet, leaving a little space between each. Distribute goat cheese evenly between the puff pastry. Top with pear and onion mixture. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until puff pastry is golden brown. Garnish with additional fresh thyme. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

The store bought puff pastry dough is in the freezer isle where you will find other frozen desserts and dough. It usually comes with 2 sheets.

If you are not a goat cheese fan you can sub out any other cheese you like. I would recommend a white cheddar, Gruyere, or fontina.

The onion and pear filling can be made ahead of time, even the night before. Just re-heat for a minute or so to bring it back to life.

Need more appetizer ideas? Check back to the original blog post of this recipe for links to my favorites!