All the cozy comfort and robust flavor of French onion soup inside buttery, flaky pockets of puff pastry! These easy, Mini Cheesy French Onion Pies are full of flavor and make for a great party or game day snack!
You guys have got to make these beauties for Game Day (or any party or gathering)!. Think of all the homey, comforting, robust flavor of French onion soup concentrated into flaky little pockets of buttery puff pastry… that’s what these Mini Cheesy French Onion Pies are and it’s going to be a staple at any party spread!
These snacks are very easy to make and they are freezer friendly too, so you can make them ahead of time too.
French onion soup is a classic for a lot of obvious reasons. It’s comfort food with an incredible amount of flavor and it only needs a few ingredients to create all that magic. It was while I was plunging my spoon into a bowl of this silky smooth deliciousness and stretching out that melted cheese on top the other day that I started wondering if I could stuff this flavor into a bite-sized snack instead. I first tried it with bread dough and only had moderate success (I’ll still keep experimenting though), but then found out that it was easier and more effective to use flaky, buttery puff pastry to wrap that French onion soup filling.
It works even better because the puff pastry is light, flaky and buttery while sealing in the juicy, cheesy flavor of sweet onion filling for the perfect mini French onion pie.
You can use frozen puff pastry sheets, OR make your own quick and easy rough puff pastry using my recipe here. Either way, the filling is going to be the undeniable star in these mini cheesy French onion pies. The filling is easy to make but it does require some patience – especially with that slow caramelization of onions which is essential for developing the flavor. You can use standard yellow onions or vidalia onions, but the vidalia onions are a tad sweeter than regular yellow onions. The filling has all the classic flavor of French onion soup, with fresh thyme, garlic, red wine and beef stock, and loaded with provolone and Monterrey Jack cheese.
The result is these easy, cheesy, sweet onion and umami flavor packed, mini cheesy french onion pies that are great as a party appetizer or snack or for game day chowing!
- 1.5 lbs (750g) yellow onions (or vidalia onions), thinly sliced
- ¼ cup unsalted butter
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 sprigs of thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp flour
- 3 tbsp red wine
- ½ cup good quality beef stock (or mushroom stock, if you want to keep it vegetarian)
- 8 oz of freshly shredded cheese (I used 50/50 Provolone and Monterrey Jack)
- Salt to taste
- ½ tbsp crushed chili/crushed red pepper (optional)
- 1 packet of puff pastry, thawed (2 sheets)
- 1 egg, for the egg wash
- Heat a large non skillet pan over medium-high heat and add the garlic and butter, and let the butter melt.
- When the butter has melted and is hot, add the onions and ½ tsp of salt.
- Cook the onions until they have softened - about 10 to 15 minutes. Add thyme and bay leaves (and crushed chili if using).
- Cook the onions further until it has completely caramelized - another 20 to 25 minutes, depending on the heat of your stove (reduce the heat to medium if the heat is too high). Make sure you stir the onions frequently, to prevent them from burning.
- Once the onions have caramelized and is golden brown, sprinkle the flour on top and reduce the heat to medium and mix in the flour with the onions. Cook for a few minutes, until the raw flour has been cooked out.
- Add the red wine and stock and cook this mix until it’s reduced completely and thickened. Place the mix in a bowl and let the onion mix cool down to room temperature.
- Remove the thyme sprigs and bay leaves and mix in the shredded cheese.
- Preheat oven to 400°F/205°C. Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Sprinkle some flour on your work top and lay down the sheet of puff pastry on it. Roll it out roughly to a 12 x 12 inch puff pastry square. Cut this into 9 smaller squares.
- Place some filling in the middle of each square (don’t overfill). Apply a thin layer of water along two of the edges and fold over to form a triangle with the filling inside. FIRST press down the edges to seal, next use a fork to crimp the edges. It's important that you seal the edges before you crimp them, to make sure the filling is completely sealed in.
- Repeat with the rest of the pastry squares. Place the pastry triangles on the prepared baking tray with 1 inch of space between each.
- Brush the tops with some egg wash and bake in preheated oven for 10 - 15 minutes until the pastry is puffed up and golden brown. Some cheese MIGHT leak out, if any of the pastries are over filled and not sealed completely.
- Repeat with the other pastry sheet (there might be some filling leftover).
- Serve the pastries while they are warm. The pastries can be reheated in a 300°F oven - just place the pastries on a tray, cover with foil and place in the oven for a few minutes.
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