Prosciutto, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese Appetizer

I was all set to post a main course on today’s blog…and then I remembered the appetizer I made this past weekend. I thought that some of you might be hitting the market today to pick up a few things for the weekend and decided you need the ingredients for this in  your house so you can make this. You get the tangy taste from the melted goat cheese, the salt from the prosciutto and the sweet from the caramelied onions and the balsamic…in each and every bite. Good enough for company. Promise!

This has a tangy/sweet taste and is a great combination.

This has a tangy/sweet taste and is a great combination.

Prosciutto, Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese Appetizer

2 Tbs balsamic vinegar

1 Tbs. honey

4-6 Tbs. olive oil

kosher salt

freshly ground pepper

1 onion, chopped

3 cloves garlic, diced or pressed through garlic press

basil leaves, sliced thinly

1 loaf good bread (I used a rustic wheat), sliced into appetizer sized pieces

6 ounces goat cheese, room temperature

4-6 slices prosciutto, thinly sliced

thyme (I had lemon thyme but any will work)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the vinegar, honey and 3 Tbs of olive oil in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.

In a small pan or skillet, heat the rest of the olive oil and add the garlic and onion. Cook until the onion is translucent and soft. Add the balsamic sauce to the onions and cook for a minute or two, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Now add the basil leaves.. Stir gently.

Spread the goat cheese on each piece of bread and place on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 3-5 minutes and the cheese is soft. Remove from the oven and gently put a piece of the prosciutto on top of the cheese. Now add a bit of the caramelized onions and the basil leaves. Top with thyme leaves which have been pulled gently off the stems.

Stand back and watch these disappear. We almost decided to fill up on these and not have the shrimp dinner I had planned….yup…they were that good 🙂

What did I love about this recipe? Everything. The goat cheese got all melted, the onions were delicious…I’ll try it without the prosciutto next time …I’m sure it is just as amazing with no meat.

What didn’t I love about this recipe? I think I made my bread slices too large the first time. I will cut the pieces into smaller crostinis the next time. Other than that, I loved it. I loved the scent, the taste, the clean up…It was the perfect appetizer and I will be making it for guests all winter.

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