Oct 6, 2017

French Onion Soup Bites

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 1 hr
These puff pastry squares are topped with caramelized onions, Gruyère cheese and thyme –all the best parts of French onion soup made into little bite-size appetizers fit for a cocktail party.

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These puff pastry squares are topped with caramelized onions, Gruyère cheese and thyme –all the best parts of French onion soup made into little bite-size appetizers fit for a cocktail party. The bites can be made a few hours ahead of time and reheated. This elegant starter is made easy with buttery store-bought puff pastry. The caramelized onions add a sweet and savory note to these bites.

Trust me – you won’t be able to eat just one!

French Onion Soup Bites

french onion soup bites cooking with cocktail rings

Key Ingredients in This Recipe

  • Caramelized onions – While caramelizing onions takes a bit of patience. Don’t try to rush the process by turning up the heat. The goal is to draw out the sugars in the onions and caramelize them – you have to go low and slow. You end up with mellow sweet onion flavor. I used a mix of yellow onion and red onion in this recipe for a mix of mellow and sweet, as well as deeper onion flavor.
  • Gruyère cheese – Gruyère is a hard cheese with a nutty, sweet flavor from Switzerland. The fact that it melts well (due to a high water to oil ratio) mixed with t’s distinct flavor makes it the perfect addition to anything from sandwiches to mac and cheese or fondue. If you can’t find Gruyère, I recommend substituting with another Swiss cheese like Emmental.
  • Puff pastry – Store-bought puff pastry is the easiest route to go. As these bites cook, the dough puffs up into flakey, buttery layers.
french onion soup bites cooking with cocktail rings at party

How to Make French Onion Soup Bites

  1. Roll out the puff pastry. On a clean, lightly floured work surface, roll out one of the puff pastry pieces into a 9×12 rectangle. Use a knife to cut the pastry into 12 equal squares. Repeat with the remaining sheet of puff pastry.
  2. Freeze the squares of puff pastry. Add the squares to two parchment paper-lined baking sheets and freeze for 20 minutes.
  3. Sauté the onions. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the onions and toss quickly to remove the moisture from the onions. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and start to brown.
  4. Caramelize the onions. Sprinkle the salt and sugar over the onions (to help them caramelize) and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are light brown and begin to caramelize, about 20 minutes.
  5. Let the onions cool. Add the balsamic and stir to combine. Continue to cook until the onions are uniformly brown and caramelized, about an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  6. Brush squares with egg wash. Preheat oven to 425ºF. Remove the pastry squares from the freezer. In a small bowl beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the squares of pastry dough with egg wash.
  7. Assemble and bake. Top each square with about a teaspoon of caramelized onion followed by about 1 teaspoon of the gruyere cheese. Sprinkle with the thyme. Bake until the puff pastry rises and turns golden brown, 15 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.
french onion soup bites cooking with cocktail rings on platter

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French Onion Soup Bites

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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Serves 24 bites

Ingredients:

  • 1 package or two sheets (1 pound) frozen puff pastry dough, thawed
  • All-purpose flour, as needed, for rolling
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium red onions, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Instructions:

  • On a clean, lightly floured work surface, roll out one of the puff pastry pieces into a 9×12 rectangle. Use a knife to cut the pastry into 12 equal squares. Repeat with the remaining sheet of puff pastry.
  • Add the squares to two parchment paper-lined baking sheets and freeze for 20 minutes.
  • Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat, add the olive oil and heat through. Add the butter and allow to melt. Add the onions and toss quickly to remove the moisture from the onions. Sauté, stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and start to brown.
  • Sprinkle the salt and sugar over the onions (to help them caramelize) and reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are light brown and begin to caramelize, about 20 minutes.
  • Add the balsamic and stir to combine. Continue to cook until the onions are uniformly brown and caramelized, about an additional 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Remove the pastry squares from the freezer. In a small bowl beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush the squares of pastry dough with egg wash.
  • Top each square with about a teaspoon of caramelized onion followed by about 1 teaspoon of the gruyere cheese. Sprinkle with the thyme. Bake until the puff pastry rises and turns golden brown, 15 minutes.
  • Serve warm or at room temperature.

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