• 50 g (2oz) unsalted butter
  • 3 sheets filo pastry (thawed if frozen)
  • 2 tblsp olive oil, plus a little extra
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 3 tblsp cream
  • 200 g boilie goats’ cheese balls
  • 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • a little cayenne pepper
  • maldon sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • lightly dressed mixed green salad leaves and ballymaloe relish, to serve


  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and cook the onions for about 1 hour until caramelised, stirring regularly to prevent the bottom from catching. Season to taste and leave to cool.
  • Preheat the oven to 180C (350F/Gas 4). Melt the butter in a small pan or in the microwave, then remove from the heat and leave to cool.
  • Unfold the filo pastry and cut the sheets into quarters, then cover with a damp tea towel. Take 4 x 200ml (7fl oz) glass ramekins and turn upside down on a non-stick baking sheet.
  • Take a piece of the filo and brush with butter, then use to cover the top of the ramekin. Add another two layers of the brushed filo pastry, placing each square at a slightly different angle. Repeat until you have four covered ramekins in total.
  • Bake the filo baskets for 8-10 minutes until just cooked through and holding their shape but not coloured. When cool enough to handle carefully remove the filo baskets from the ramekins, then transfer to a wire rack and to cool.
  • Whisk the egg yolk and cream in a jug and season. Pour over the caramelised onions. Place three goats cheese balls on top each tartlet, then sprinkle over the thyme and drizzle with a little olive oil. Bake for 6-8 minutes or until lightly golden and set. Arrange on plates and add the garnish each one with a sprinkling of cayenne pepper.
  • Add a small mound of dressed salad to each plate along with a spoonful of the Ballymaloe relish to serve.