The Madness Continues… Caramelized onion and bacon crostatas

I honestly thought I’d conquered my obsession with appetizers.. sadly I have not. So please bear with me, this is the last one for a while .. I think :-) The other night I was lying in bed and instead of visions of sugarplums I had visions of appetizers – mini crostatas to be exact. This idea took hold and would not let go. So,   I got up  and scribbled a few notes in my notebook and then  fell back asleep  – with no further visions of anything, thank you very much.

After  a little experimentation I came up with these  – mini crostatas with caramelized onions and bacon – a creation based more upon the contents of my pantry and refrigerator than divine inspiration!! This concept though would lend itself to lots of different filling ideas – caramelized onions and blue cheese, sauteed apples with a little maple syrup and toasted nuts, raspberry preserves spiked with a little chambord… the possibilities are truly endless.

So, here you go.. my recipe for Mini Crostatas!!

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Mini Crostatas with Caramelized Onions and Bacon

  • 4 slices of bacon, cut into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced with slices cut in half
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 cup shredded cheese ( I used fontina, mozzarella and parmesan)
  • Pie dough sufficient for a 10 inch double crust pie

Directions:

  1. In a medium sized skillet, cook the bacon until it is browned but not crispy. Remove bacon from the pan, reserving 2 Tbsp. of the drippings in the pan.
  2. Heat the pan to medium high heat and add the onions. Reduce heat to medium and cook the onions until nicely browned – about 10 – 15 minutes. Remove onions and set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks with the cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Dust a cutting board with flour and roll out the pie dough until its about 1/16 inch thick. Using a 3 inch round cookie cutter, cut circles out of the dough. Collect scraps and re roll, cutting out additional circles.
  5. Pre heat oven to 350 degrees. On a parchment lined sheet, place the dough circles, spacing about 1 1/2 inches apart.
  6. Place 2 tsp. of cheese on center of dough circle and top with about 1/2 tsp. caramelized onions. Fold edges of dough circles over filling, pleating as needed.
  7. Bake for 10 minutes. Top with a few pieces of bacon and return to oven and bake until crusts are golden brown – about 5- 8 more minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and serve.

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Comments

  1. says

    Your obsession with appetizers are kind of like my obsession with baking. I can’t seem to stop!! :)

    These look like great little bites for a party – I wonder if these would work with crab meat and aioli in place of bacon and cheese?! (We’re detoxing with a vegetarian diet on 1/1 for 21 days – yikes!)

    [K]

  2. says

    I am drooling. These would be great for New Years Eve. My sister is supposed to bring the appetizers…so I might send her a subtle email. I have to bring dessert…to Redlands…got any ideas?
    Mary Ann

  3. says

    We can’t have you getting tired of appetizers, now. Nope. I’m quite afraid you can’t get tired of appetizers until we get tired of you posting appetizers. And that’s not going to be any time soon. So I’ll just settle on in and wait for them to keep coming, please.

    • says

      I am so glad that you are enjoying them!!! Will be taking a break from appetizers but have no fear – wait till you see what I’ve got planned for Superbowl!!!

  4. says

    Just came over her from Barb’s (Creative Culinary) site. You were lovely to help her out this week and your crab and mushroom cheesecakes look awesome. I’m glad I checked out your appetizers for I’m pretty sure I’m getting up once I complete this comment and getting busy making pie dough. I’m going to make these to serve over the holidays. They too look awesome.

    Merry Christmas!

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