Sunday, January 10, 2010

Caramelized Onion Toast Appetizers

If you’re looking for a hearty, hot appetizer for a party, these toasted baguettes smothered in caramelized onions and studded with Kalamata olives are a great way to go. They’re delicious without being too rich and easy to make (you can make the caramelized onions a day ahead). These crunchy, tasty toasts would be a great game changer from traditional fare at a Super Bowl party.

Caramelized Onion Toasts
24 - 36 servings
Ingredients
½ stick unsalted butter, melted
4 tbls. unsalted butter
8 onions, sliced
2 anchovies, finely chopped
2 tsp. fresh thyme, finely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 French baguettes
½ cup pitted Kalamata olives, coarsely chopped
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated

Preparation
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Heat 4 tbls. butter in large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, anchovies, thyme, salt and pepper and cook until onions are sweet and golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Shave off the rounded top and bottom of the baguettes and then cut them in half lengthwise with a serrated knife. Brush the insides lightly with the melted butter and then sprinkle the grated Parmesan cheese on top.

When the onions are cooked, put the bread slices on a baking sheet and spread the onion mixture on top. Garnish with the Kalamata olives. Place in the oven and bake until crispy, about 20-25 minutes. Cut into slices and serve hot. 

Tips and Tidbits
If you make the onions the day ahead, heat up in a pan before spreading them on the baguettes.
Tyler Florence suggests serving the baguettes on a large cutting board and letting your guests cut their own slices.  That would be fun for a more casual gathering like a Super Bowl party.

2 comments:

  1. This sounds so delicious, I can't wait to try it! Every one of your recipes ha turned out to be a favorite, and I made six of your selections during the holidays. I've become a Chez Maggie & Jeff groupie! Thank you, both! Cheryl

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  2. Thanks Cheryl!! Now you can get email updates--YAY!!

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