Thursday, January 19, 2012

Carmelized Onion and Bleu Cheese Crostini

2 large onions
1 garlic clove
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
1 loaf of italian or french bread
1/2 cup diced pancetta
1/2 slivered almonds, toasted
2 tablespoons fresh parsley
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 ounces bleu cheese

Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Put the slivered almonds in for about 3 minutes or until they are toasted.  Then remove them and set them aside. 

Cook the pancetta for about 7-8 minutes or until it browns up.  Take the pancetta out with a slotted spoon, leaving the grease in the pan. 

Sprinkle in a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes.  Then add a chopped garlic clove.  Thinnly slice the two large onions and put into the pan.  Cook for 20-25 minutes on low heat, stirring occasionally until the onions turn golden colored.
While the onions carmelize, get the other ingredients ready.  Slice the bread thinnly on an angle and toast in a 350 degree for about 6 minutes.  Keep checking it in intervals of 2 minutes because ovens may vary. 

Now add the balsamic vinegar to the pan and stir.  Add back the pancetta.  Then stir in the chopped parsley. 

Once the bread it toasted, put the bread on a platter.  Then sprinkle with a few bleu cheese crumbles or a very thin slice of bleu cheese.  Top with a little of the onion and pancetta mixture.  Then sprinkle the top with a few toasted almonds.  Enjoy!

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