I love cooking. I love creating dishes that will please others. If I’m alone, I like tinkering with recipes, knowing that I only have my palate to please. Basically, I love working with food and thinking about all of the flavors and textures involved. Reflecting upon my cooking, the area in which I am the weakest is presentation. Yes, I like food to look attractive and don’t serve a messy plate, but most of my dishes look better than they taste.
I think that is a win, right?
This appetizer, however, really isn’t all that attractive. Much like my wrapped & stuffed dates, you need not to judge them until you’ve taken a bite. At least this recipe doesn’t look like a beetle, which is what I thought the first time I made the dates. Thankfully my tapas partner keeps an open mind; now the dates are one of our favorite little bites.
When I initially made this onion and goat cheese recipe, I was going to spread a layer of goat cheese on a crostini and then top that with the onion jam. And I did that for my first serving. It was tasty, but as it’s a chilly time of year, I wondered if it would be tastier if I mixed the goat cheese and onions together. A quick trip to the microwave, and I had a warm, spreadable concoction that tasted even better melded into one topping.
The deep plum shade of the onions became muddled with the addition of the goat cheese, but does that really matter when you’re eating a delightfully warm appetizer? Especially if you’re eating by candlelight and can’t see your food all that well anyway? So, this may not be the prettiest appetizer I’ve ever made, but it sure is delicious.
- 1 Tb. olive oil
- 1 large red onions, thinly sliced
- 2 Tb. light brown sugar
- 3/8 cup dry red wine
- 2 Tb. sherry vinegar
- 1/2 Tb. honey
- 1 sprig rosemary
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1-1/2 oz. goat cheese
- crostini, crackers, etc.
- In a small saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat.
- Cook the onions until they become soft and translucent and start to brown, about 10 minutes.
- Add the brown sugar, wine, vinegar, honey, and rosemary. Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat.
- Simmer for 30-35 minutes until thickened.
- Remove from heat.
- Discard rosemary sprig and season with salt and pepper.
- Add goat cheese and stir until fully combined.
- Serve with crostini, crackers, or the item of your choice.