Monday, April 15, 2013

Caramelized Onion Bruschetta

If you want a bruschetta recipe tailor-made for 2 people, instead of feeding a crowd, look no further. Look for a demi-baguette (about 6 inches long, or 4 ounces in weight) at your local grocery store or bakery, and top with this quick onion topping.

  • 2 teaspoons vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon vegan sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1(6-inch) French bread baguette
  • 2 tablespoons vegan Parmesan sprinkles (such as Galaxy Foods)
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1. Melt the butter in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the onion and sugar, and cook for 14 minutes, stirring frequently - the onion should be golden brown by the end.

2. Remove from heat and stir in the basil.

Note: If you don't have good fresh basil on hand, substitute 1 teaspoon dried.

3. Cut the baguette in half horizontally, and place the bread halves, cut sides up, on a baking sheet.  Broil for 2 minutes.

4. Remove from the oven and spread 1 tablespoon onion mixture over each bread half.  Sprinkle each half with 1 tablespoon Parmesan sprinkles and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper.  Return to the broiler for 1 minute.

This bruschetta is perfect alongside a bowl of soup or an entree salad for a light dinner:

Or serve with pasta for a heartier meal:

Nutrition Info:
2 servings (1 baguette half), Calories 236

Tasting Notes:
The onion is sweet and perfect, but unfortunately, it was the Parmesan that dominated in the topping. I recommend decreasing to only 1 teaspoon per baguette half, as well as doubling the onion and basil mixture. The bread becomes quite crisp and toasted under the broiler, so my preference was to serve the bruschetta with a bowl of soup and dunk right into the warm broth.


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