Sunday, July 29, 2007

Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onion Squares
















We went to my parents' house for dinner - another opportunity for me to try a new appetizer. I browsed recipes on-line and decided on one I found on the Epicurious web site,
Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onion Squares. I made a few changes which I'll note in italics below.

The original recipe calls for a homemade crust (see above link for the full recipe). I didn't have time for this so I bought a refrigerated pizza dough by Pillsbury.

Topping Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 large onions (about 2 pounds), halved, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary (I used dried rosemary)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups (about 6 ounces) crumbled blue cheese
  • I added these ingredients: 4 tbsp mascarpone cheese; 6 cloves roasted garlic, chopped into tiny pieces

Directions

  • Melt butter with oil in large skillet over high heat. Add onions. Cook until onions are soft and beginning to brown, stirring frequently, about 10 minutes.
  • Add rosemary, sugar, and salt. Season onions to taste with pepper. Reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook until onions are soft and dark brown, stirring frequently, about 20 minutes; cool.
  • Roll pre-made dough onto a cookie sheet
  • Spread mascarpone cheese onto dough
  • Sprinkle chopped garlic evenly over the cheese
  • Spread onion mixture evenly over dough.
  • Sprinkle with blue cheese.
  • Bake until crust is golden and cheese is bubbling, about 20 minutes (I baked it for 15 min according to the package directions on the pizza dough). Let cool. Cut into squares and serve.
I'd make this again, but since I'm not a huge blue cheese fan, I'd make some changes. I'd still use the mascarpone and garlic - I think they went perfectly. Instead of blue cheese, I think I'd use something else, like Gruyere or Parmesan. I might also add wilted spinach next time. However if you like the strong taste and bite of blue cheese, you'll definitely like it as is.

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3 comments:

laneyu said...

this looks really good!!!!

Karen said...

Hi MaryEllen, your blog amazes me! I am writing down a few of your recipes for my grocery list this week. I can't wait to try them out!!!
We have decided to build a new home so I have decided to update my blog more often to track the progress of our home. Please check it out when you get a chance. I hope you are doing well, hard to believe it is August 1st!!!
Take care!

Karen

DeborahSW said...

Wow this looks so good! I'll have to try this sometime! :)