Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Not sure if you’ve noticed, many of my savory dishes includes Onion. Onion is such a good aromatic ingredient in many dishes. It enhances and accentuates the over all flavor of the dish without over powering other ingredients. In many dishes, the onion functions as the aromatic ingredient. However, onion is the star of this Caramelized Onion, Roast Beef and Goat Cheese Focaccia. I especially adore caramelized onions. How can I not? They are naturally sweet and the caramelized flavor is wonderful.
I’m glad that both of my kids love onions as much as I do. When I was serving these Caramelized Onion, Roast Beef and Goat Cheese Focaccia the other day, my three and a half year old son ate the whole piece all by himself. Then, he requested for more caramelized onions! Just the onions! :) I couldn’t help but smiled and gave him more onions. After all, he has a very sophisticated palate, and I know exactly where he got his genes! LOL
As promised from the previous post. Here’s the “dressed up” version of the herbed Focaccia. These Caramelized Onion, Roast Beef and Goat Cheese Focaccia are easy to make, and certainly elegant enough to serve at parties or gatherings as appetizers. Yet, they are just simple, everyday ingredients. Don’t you love that? If you’re not a fan of goat cheese, you can substitute that with your favorite type of creamy cheese. You can also substitute the roasted beef with smoked turkey or any other kind of meat that you preferred. Just make sure to be generous when you pile the caramelized onion on top and you’ll have a treat!
This recipe is an entry for April’s Kitchen Play sponsored by the National Onion Association. This Caramelized Onion, Roast Beef and Goat Cheese Focaccia is inspired by the Beer-Braised Spring Onion and Herbed Goat Cheese Crostini. Since my husband and I are not Beer drinkers, we don’t have any beer in the fridge. But, I do have many bottles of red and white wine! :) So, I used some dry white wine to deglazed the pan when I sautéed the onion. With a few springs of fresh chopped thymes, these caramelized onion turned out succulent, flavorful and amazing with it’s natural sweetness.
For more information about the Kitchen Play contest, please review the complete contest rules.
Caramelized Onion, Roast Beef and Goat Cheese Focaccia:
1 Recipe of Herbed Focaccia, cut into 3x3-inch squares**
2 Tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 large yellow onions
3 tablespoons dry white wine
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves, minced
8 slices of roasted beef from the Deli
3 ounces goat cheese
For the Herbed Focaccia:**Please click here for the Herbed Focaccia recipe**
For the Caramelized Onions:
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium to low heat and add the onions and garlic. Sauté for 15 to 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until there is almost no moisture remaining in the skillet. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, the wine, and thyme. Continue to cook for another 10 minutes, until the onions are lightly browned. Remove from heat.
Crumble the goat cheese evenly on Focaccia squares. Evenly divided the roasted beef, about 1/2 a slice for each Focaccia square. Pile the caramelized onion on top. Garnish with a spring of rosemary or thyme and serve.