Tag Archives: caramelized onions

Goat Cheese, Pesto & Caramelized Onion Triangles

IMG_2921

To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to call this.  If Awesome Puffs was a bit more descriptive, I would have said that.  

I recently went to a party that served no food.  A birthday party.  Not even cake.  Just bottled water – and a shortage at that.  Booze would be a distant dream.  I was stupefied.  In all fairness, I do have a tendency to go overboard with the food.  Feeding people is my passion.

With that said, if you come to my house for anything, I will do everything in my power to feed you.  Whether I cook or order in, you will not leave without eating.  If this rouses images from Misery, I wouldn’t blame you.  I even gave my FedEx guy muffins!

Why you ask?  Could it be that my mom will absolutely take offense and give you the stink eye if you don’t eat at her house?  Or could it be that I myself would want to eat if I went to someone’s house?  Whatever the reason, we all benefit with food.  And these triangles.

IMG_2918

What started out as a random experiment turned out to be a family and guest favorite.  These pastries are easy to assemble and easy to store in the freezer for lunch, guests or a great filling snack.

Goat Cheese, Pesto & Caramelized Onion Triangles

yields 8 pastries

Ingredients:

Directions:

 

  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. Unfold your puff pastry sheets (working one at a time) onto a lightly floured surface.
  3. Most puffed pastry sheets I worked with already come divided in four.  If so, just separate at the perforations.  If not, roll out to about 16 inches and cut into four squares.
  4. On each puff pastry squares (you should have 8), spread with a tablespoon of pesto on one half of the triangle, leaving about 1/2 inch border on the puff pastry.
  5. Top with approximately a tablespoon of goat cheese, tomatoes, and onions.  Just put enough that you can close the triangle without tearing.
  6. Fold the clean part of the triangle over and crimp around the edges with a fork.
  7. Repeat with all remaining squares until you have 8 triangles.
  8. You can freeze at this point in a airtight container or bag.
  9. Bake in a parchment-lined baking sheet for about 20-25 minutes, until golden brown.
  10. Allow the pastries to cool on a cookie rack so they maintain their crisp crust.
  11. If you have extra ingredients, make a sandwich! 🙂
Advertisements

7 Comments

Filed under Appetizers, baking, Favorites, Lunch, Vegetarian

Parmesan French Toast with Caramelized Onions

Lately, there has been quite a proliferation of breakfast options on this blog. With some rare exceptions and the typical eggs and toast, most of my breakfasts consist of sweet options – oatmeal, cereal and pancakes. I woke one more morning wanting savory French toast, and I was determined to make it happen.

And, I did.

Starting with a wonderful loaf of going-stale bakery bread, I put together a recipe that I know will make its way into my breakfast repertoire on special occasions. When, I have a breakfast/brunch menu consisting of the usual sweet options (scones, muffins, fruit etc.), I plan on using this recipe to balance and offer guests a surprising and delightful twist on a classic.

I also paired this with perfectly caramelized onions. I also thought about poaching an egg on top, but stuck to the onions. There are quite a bit of options here.

Parmesan French Toast
– Serves 4

Ingredients;

  • 1 cup half and half
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
  • 8 (1/2 inch) slices of going-stale (about 2 day old) brioche or country bakery-style bread.

Directions:

  1. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the half and half, eggs, Parmesan cheese, salt and black pepper.
  2. Soak the slices until fully absorbed. Take your time with this. You want the bread to be soaked.
  3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium heat.
  4. Once the pan is hot, cook the bread on each side until golden brown.
  5. Serve warm with caramelized onions (recipe to follow).

Caramelized Onions

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter, unsalted
  • 2 large yellow or white onions, sliced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white sugar

Directions:

  1. Using a thick-bottomed pan, heat olive oil and butter over medium heat.
  2. Stir occasionally to keep the onions from burning.
  3. After the onions have become a bit translucent, add the salt and sugar.
  4. Cook over medium heat until it’s caramelized.
  5. Watch your stove and the heat. If the onions are browning too fast, reduce the heat a bit.
  6. This process takes about 30 minutes. Do not rush it as it is completely worth the effort.

7 Comments

Filed under Bread, Breakfast, Vegetarian