Sunday, October 19, 2014

Toasted Cheese Crostini Topped with Sauteed Apples & Onions in a Balsamic Reduction

Apple & Onion Topping Ingredients
1/2 of a Granny Smith apple, cored, peeled and sliced into 1/8" slices
1/4 of a medium yellow onion, sliced lengthwise into 1/8" slices
1 t olive oil
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 t white sugar

Crostini Ingredients
6 slices of baguette sliced on a long bias making 4-5" slices 3/8" thick
6 thin slices of extra sharp cheddar

1. heat a small non-stick skillet over low heat
2. Add Olive oil when heated, spread evenly
3. Add onions first, then cover with apple slices
4. saute  until onions begin to soften, then add balsamic vinegar
5. allow to simmer for several minutes, softening the apples
6. Stir in sugar and continue to simmer on low for another 5 minutes. Balsamic should be reducing and getting slightly thicker. Stir occasionally and make sure heat remains low.
7. Place a cheese slice on each slice of baguette and toast in a toaster oven or in an oven broiler until the cheese is melted and the edges of the baguette slice begin to brown. Then remove from oven.
8. To server, place baguette slices on a plate and spoon apple/onion/balsamic mixture onto each slice, making sure to keep portions even.

Serve immediately.

This goes well as an accompaniment or appetizer for Cheese Soup and served with cold Springgate Hard Cider. 

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