I rarely require an excuse to cook with – or scoff a doorstop sized portion of – cheese. But, today I am persuaded, nay, obligated, to knock out a cheesy dish in deference to the Brisbane Cheese Awards, taking place this weekend (yes, an actual event and not one merely existing in my food-obsessed head).
But, what to create!? Well, I decided to make it easy on myself by sticking to my fromage forte – Goat’s Cheese and Caramelised Onion Tart (with a touch of thyme).
This faithful recipe is often dragged out if I’m entertaining, because it’s:
Simple – quick and easy to prepare (especially if you prefer to use ready-made tart shells or store-bought shortcut pastry).
Elegant – a sophisticated and uncomplicated way to showcase your favourite cheese.
Versatile – perfect for all occasions. Whip up bite-sized tartlets to serve as canapés; individual tarts to serve as a starter; or one large tart to slice up and serve as a light meal or lunch.
The tart can be eaten hot or cold and can be complemented with a range of added ingredients and flavours (try topping with fresh figs or adding pancetta, fresh crab or sweet potato to the mix!).
And the taste? Tangy goat’s cheese and briny blue cheese, nestled in a bed of sticky, sweet caramelised onions, delivered in a crispy, buttery pastry shell. Sound alright?
Perhaps you should try it for yourself…