Tuesday, July 14, 2009
For some reason when it's unreasonably hot outside, I'm not in the mood to talk or write much. I just feel like vegging out. Here's a little idea for a crostini. Me and my appetizers, right? Okay, its some caramelized sweet onion mixed into a balsamic vinegar reduction placed over a piece of swiss cheese and a garlic flavored crostini made from a pan de sal mini loaf. Phew...that was a mouthful. Try saying that ten times fast! Oh and a sprinkle pinch of grated parmesan on top.
You can use whichever bread you desire. Traditionally, a crostini is made from slices of a french baguette. This is a great way to start the meal.
This recipe will generally make about a dozen. It's a good snack or meal in itself. Either way, it's a yummy time!
Caramelized Onion Crostini
1 medium sweet onion (sliced into half moons)
1 Tbsp dry thyme
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 french baguette (cut into 1/2 slices)
1 Tbsp butter
Swiss cheese slices (cut into sizable pieces for the bread)
grated parmesan cheese
Preheat your oven to 350˚F
Baste both sides of the the bread slices with some olive oil and sprinkle a little garlic powder over them.
Place them on an ungreased baking sheet and toast them for roughly 5-10 min.
In a sauce pan, melt the butter and heat the oil. Add in the onions. Cook them until they slightly turn brown in color. Season with the dry thyme. Remove from the pan and set aside.
Using that same pan, add in the balsamic vinegar. Heat it until it slightly thickens. Add in the onions once again and stir, coating them.
Putting it together:
Take a crostini place one of the cheese slices on top followed by some of the onion. Sprinkle a tiny pinch of parmesan on top and voila!