Small Bites: Sweet Onion Tomato Tartlets

With summer wrapping up and the holidays quickly approaching there are lots of opportunities for potlucks and entertaining. One of our favorite things to bring are appetizers and small bites.  These Sweet Onion Tomato Tartlets are perfect for any gathering.

Small Bites: Sweet Onion Tomato Tartlets

Small Bites: Sweet Onion Tomato Tartlets

Getting together with co-workers, friends and family are great opportunities for fun and relaxation. This is also a great time to try out new recipes and introduce a few of your favorites to others.  Sweet Onion Tomato Tartlets are not only easy to make using already prepared pastry sheets but they are amazingly delicious.

These tartlets make for a light and delicious snack while not holding back in flavor.  Talk about a savory bite of yum! This is a great vegetarian appetizer that can be changed up a bit by adding your favorite ingredients.  You can go as bold as you like and really cater to your preferred tastes.  The sweet onions have a beautiful roasted flavor that will compliment anything.

Makes about 18 tartlets


3 cups grape tomatoes

1 sweet onion, quartered and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon snipped fresh rosemary

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper

1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

1 package (2 sheets) frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed

Manchego cheese shavings

Sweet Onion Tomato Tartlets


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Prick tomatoes with a fork or the tip of a sharp knife. In an ungreased 15 x 10 x 1-inch pan, combine tomatoes, onion, oil, rosemary, salt and pepper. Roast for 25 to 30 minutes or until onion is tender. Remove from oven. Sprinkle with vinegar, cool.

Meanwhile, line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. On a lightly floured surface, unfold puff pastry. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut pastry into rounds. Place rounds on the prepared baking sheet.

Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the roasted tomato mixture onto each pastry round. Place onion first, then tomatoes and then top with more onion. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are puffed and golden brown. Let stand on baking sheet for 5 minutes before serving. Garnish with cheese.

These Sweet Onion Tomato Tartlets are adorable and taste scrumptious, they’ll be sure to be conversation starters.

What are your favorite appetizers and small bites?



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Barbecue Your Breakfast Contest and Recipes

It’s still Barbecue season and it’s not all about lunch and dinner! The folks over at Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association have some great recipes to put on the grill for breakfast as well as a fantastic giveaway.

Head on over to HPBA to find out about their fun Recipe Contest, who doesn’t love a great giveaway.  You’ll also find some amazing grilling tips and breakfast recipes.  While you’re there be sure to look for some of our fabulous Barbecue Breakfast using our favorite onions.

Like this Onion Egg Hash

This Frittata with Onion, Basil and Tomato

Or this Chipotle Egg Sandwich

You can find HPBA on their Website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Be sure to enter their fun contest while you’re there.



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Onions in the Raw: Small Bites and Snacks

When you’re heading out to a fun party you want to bring along some delicious Small Bites and Snacks.  Our favorite way to make a snack the best is with some flavorful raw onions. Onions in the raw are the best way to make any dish pop with flavor.

Here are the best Snacks and Bites to take along to a backyard party

We’ve compiled some of our favorite snacks and small bites when you head out to that next potluck. All of these recipes have our favorite onions in them and are unique and yummy.  We know you’ll find a few new favorites.

Onions in the Raw:  Small Bites & Snacks Perfect For Backyard Parties

What an incredible way to bring sweet fruit and raw onions together than with this Watermelon Sashimi from Minimalist Baker.  

Running to the Kitchen has come up with the perfect bit with these Cheddar Tomato Salad Cups.

These Maple Bourbon Pulled Pork Sandwiches from Yes to Yolks has everything savory and yummy combined.

Cotter Crunch has combined so much tasty goodness in this Smashed Mexican Beans Avocado Toast Recipe.

No backyard party is complete without The Best Coleslaw Recipe Ever from Paleo Scaleo.

Bring a healthy snack to the next outdoor get together.  Home.Made.Interest has Fun Low Carb Taco Bites that everyone can enjoy.

These Shrimp and Corn Salsa Shooters will be the talk of the party! It’s Yummi has thought of everything festive and fun.

Talk about an amazing combination with these Calamari, Avocado and Grapefruit Brushetta from Garlic & Zest.

What's the best part of salsa? The Onions,, try this fabulous Sweet Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa With Lime.

A great pot luck needs a fabulous salsa like our Sweet Onion and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa with Lime.

There are so many fun things to take to a backyard party or fun in the sun kinda day.  We have 3 wonderful Picnic and Party Sandwiches that are the perfect bite no matter where you go.  Now you can head out to that party or gathering and treat everyone to some of these great recipes.

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2017 National Festival of Breads Champion

The National Festival of Breads has announced their champion.  The winner sure did come up with an amazing bread recipe.

2017 National Festival of Breads Champion

photo courtesy National Festival of Breads

On June 17th in Manhattan they held this years National Festival of Breads Championship! To our delight they picked Ronna Farley of Rockville, Maryland, as the grand prize winner with her amazing Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf.  This competition is sponsored by King Arthur Flour, Red star Yeast and the Kansas Wheat Commission.  

2017 National Festival of Breads Champion

photo courtesy National Festival of Breads

Judges selected Farley’s recipes amongst 8 finalist.  We bet all the recipes were just amazing!  Would you love to get Ronna’s recipe? Us too.  You can find her winning recipe for Seeded Corn and Onion Bubble Loaf here.  

Let us know what you think of this award winning bread recipe. We think it looks delicious.

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Onions in the Raw: Picnic and Party Sandwich Recipes with Onions

Hot temperatures call for shade, lemonade and minimal cooking. Backyard parties and picnics are in full swing this month and since we are having so much fun with the current series #OnionsInRaw, we elected (unanimously) to continue this theme for another month.  What is a get together without the perfect party sandwich.If you are having a get together you'll want the perfect party sandwich. What makes a good sandwich spectacular is some tasty raw onions.

Picnic and Party Sandwich Recipes with Onions

On the tails of our picnic perfect salad round-up last month, we thought it only natural to feature a few snack, party, picnic friendly sandwiches – all touting our favorite crisp, juicy, sweet flavored vegetable – in the raw!

From chilled to grilled these three sandwiches with amazing onions can make an ordinary lunch or snack a treat everyone will love.

Smoked Chicken Salad with Onions and Dried Cherries

Picnic and Party Sandwiches with Onions #onionsintheraw

Here’s how to make this Smoked Chicken Salad with Onions and Dried Cherries

4-1/2 cups diced smoked (or rotisserie style) chicken or smoked turkey.
1-1/2 cups diced celery
2-1/4 cups diced sweet onions
2-1/4 cups dried tart cherries, chopped
1-1/2 cups pecan pieces
1/2 cup basil, fresh minced
2 cups light mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1 teaspoon orange zest
3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Place all ingredients in mixing bowl, stir gently until well combined. Refrigerate until ready to prepare sandwiches. To prepare as sandwiches, rustic bread works best. Assemble the sandwiches using 3/4 cup of chicken salad per sandwich. Top with bibb lettuce, slice each sandwich in half and serve. Can also be served as a salad in lettuce cups, which also work great for appetizers!  Makes 12 servings.

Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Lemony Mayonnaise

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Let’s make this Smoked Salmon Sandwich with Lemony Mayonnaise

1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon lemon peel
2 teaspoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped or dill weed (dry 1 teaspoon)
8 slices dark rye bread, buttered
Lettuce as needed
8 slices gold or red tomatoes, thinly sliced
8 ounces smoked salmon, sliced
1 cup sliced red or yellow onions

Mix mayonnaise with lemon peel, juice and dill. Assemble rye sandwiches with lettuce, tomato, salmon and onions stacked inside. Dollop with mayonnaise. Garnish with fresh dill sprigs, if desired. Makes 4 servings.

Hearty Onion-Veggie Sandwich

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Putting together this Hearty Onion-Veggie Sandwich

2 packages (3 ounces each) fat-free cream cheese
18 slices multi-grain bread
1 large red onion (about 12 ounces), thinly sliced
1 cup sliced cucumbers, marinated in French dressing
12 crisp lettuce leaves
12 tomato slices
6 ounces thinly sliced cheddar cheese
1-1/2 cups alfalfa sprouts (optional)

Spread cream cheese evenly over 6 slices of bread. Top with half of the onion slices and all the cucumbers. Stack with lettuce leaves, sliced tomato and a second slice of bread. Lay cheddar over second bread slice, then add sprouts and remaining onions. Top with third slice of bread. Cut sandwiches in half and secure with picks. Makes 6 servings.

Lamb & Onion Feta Sliders

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Here’s how to make this Lamb & Onion Feta Sliders

1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/2 teaspoon each ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
1/4 cup milk
2 eggs
1-1/2 pounds ground lamb
12 slider buns
3 plum tomatoes, sliced
12 Feta cheese in thin slices
1/2 cup red onion, finely chopped

Oil and preheat grill to medium-high. Toss bread crumbs with the oregano, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper. Stir in milk and eggs; combine thoroughly. Combine ground lamb with bread crumb mixture until fully incorporated. Form mixture into 12 small (slider size) patties.

Place patties on the grill, cook for 4-5 minutes per side. Meat should cook to medium doneness (160°F) until no longer pink in center.

To serve: place patties on slider buns and garnish with tomato, Feta cheese and red onion.

Note: This recipe can also be made into regular burgers by dividing lamb mixture into 4 patties instead of 12 and using regular sized hamburger buns.

Makes 12 sliders or 4 regular size burgers.

What’s your favorite sandwich to bring to a get together, pot luck or picnic? Raw onions always make any party sandwich the tastiest.


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