The Madness Continues… Caramelized onion and bacon crostatas

Caramelized Onion and Bacon Crostatas

By Nancy Buchanan



by Nancy Buchanan on December 27, 2010

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 icon smile The Madness Continues... Caramelized onion and bacon crostatas 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!!


{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Kim December 28, 2010 at 12:25 am

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!)



LimeCake December 28, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Caramelised onions and bacon are a winning combination! Appetizers are fine by me!


Mary Ann December 29, 2010 at 2:40 am

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


Nancy December 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm

Hi Mary Ann!!

This are really fun to make and are really easy.. tasty too!! Hmm… dessert. I don’t know about you but I am sort of sugared out so what appeals to me right now is this tarte tatin It may look hard, but it is really easy to make. Happy New Year to you and your family!!!


Teresa December 31, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Cousin-in-law, bless her heart, doesn’t eat pig. Any thoughts on what else I could use??


Nancy December 31, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Hi Teresa!!

Absolutely!! These would be wonderful with chopped mushrooms. Chop them into 1/4 inch pieces, heat your pan over medium high heat and add a little olive oil. Pour the mushrooms in and let them sit for a bit, until they are nice and brown on the bottom. You could add a little dry sherry as well with a little salt and pepper!!


Teresa December 31, 2010 at 8:17 pm

BRILLIANT! Thank you!!


Nancy January 1, 2011 at 1:33 am

You are so welcome… enjoy!!

Rich December 29, 2010 at 1:07 pm

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.


Nancy December 30, 2010 at 6:51 pm

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!!!


lisaiscooking December 29, 2010 at 4:19 pm

These are lovely little crostatas, and all the variations you mentioned sound great. Keep the appetizers coming, love them!


Nancy December 30, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Thanks Lisa!!

This are really fun to play with and are the perfect size!! I’ve got some fun ones planned for Superbowl too.


Lentil Breakdown December 29, 2010 at 6:23 pm

Yum! I think shitake mushrooms instead of the bacon for me!


Nancy December 30, 2010 at 6:54 pm

Hi Adair!!

Shitakes would be awesome in these with a little gruyere.. dang, now I am craving them!!!


Diane {} December 30, 2010 at 8:28 am

looks delicious!!! I’m starving and wish I had one right now :)


Mary Ann January 2, 2011 at 2:32 am

I was at the party last night, where my sister, Teresa made these and they were delicious! (I even had one for breakfast this morning).
Mary Ann


naomi January 3, 2011 at 9:34 am

Wonderful. Wonderful. Loving this appetizer or I could be loving this as a meal in itself!


Paula December 23, 2011 at 10:28 am

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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