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brie and balsamic caramelized onion tartlets

Can you tell from my recent recipes that I love onions? I can’t get enough. I love them every which way, but I love them the most when they are caramelized. Caramelizing them with balsamic is my new favorite way to enjoy them, which is why I’ve been coming up with tons of new ways to eat them. This brie and balsamic caramelized onion tartlet is definitely a favorite in this household.

Easy to make brie and caramelized onion tartlets in phyllo shells

I made a batch of them the other night to celebrate the arrival of my mom. She and my siblings have finally moved down to Naples. She’s been here over a week and I still haven’t managed to get a good picture of the two of us! Whoops! I did somehow manage to get a picture of me celebrating her arrival.

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Now that she is here, and living right down the road, we have had more people over to the house. It feels like we are always having neighbors and family over. I love it. You know how much I love to entertain! I’m in heaven with all these people stopping by. I feel like our house is the neighborhood block party hub.

That’s why I always like to have party foods on hand, especially wine. I like to keep a couple bottles of Woodbridge by Robert Mondavi in my pantry. That way, I’m always ready to host. I’m a red fan, so I like to have Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon on hand.

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You can’t enjoy wine without some good food, right? Okay, scratch that. Of course you can enjoy wine without food, but it’s not as much fun!

I’m a foodie, so I’m constantly trying to pair good food with good wine. I love serving fun treats like these brie and balsamic caramelized onion tartlets with red wine. The tartness of the balsamic works well with the sweetness of the onions. Mixed with cheese, it’s the perfect pairing for Cabernet.

Caramelized onion and brie phyllo cups

These guys are so easy to make. All you do is put pieces of brie in phyllo cups, cook until brie is melty, and add balsamic caramelized onions on top. Check out the recipe at the end of this post.

Life is beautiful with Robert Mondavi

Summer nights are perfect for sitting outside with wine and appetizers. It may be a little hot here in Southwest Florida, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying an alfresco happy hour every now and then.

super easy recipe for caramelized onion and brie tartlets in phyllo dough

Give me wine and cheese, and I’m one happy lady. I can’t think of a better way to entertain summer guests. The best part is that these brie and balsamic caramelized onion tartlets are so easy! Here is the recipe:

Brie & balsamic caramelized onion tartlets

Brie & balsamic caramelized onion tartlets


  • 1 package of phyllo shells
  • 2-3 ounces of brie cut into 1 inch squares
  • 1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil + 2 tbsp
  • 1/4 C. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 large red onion, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Using a large non-stick skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the Olive Oil, on medium heat, meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add the onion. Turn down the heat and cook until soft, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes
  3. Stir in half the brown sugar. Continue stirring as it begins to bubble and caramelize
  4. Turn into a medium mixing bowl and slowly whisk in the vinegar
  5. When cool, whisk in the remainder of the Olive Oil
  6. Set onions aside,
  7. Place phyllo cups on baking sheet and fill each one with brie. Sprinkle a little bit of brown sugar on top of each. Cook until brie is melted or shells are golden brown.
  8. Top phyllo cups with caramelized onions and serve.
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