Time is flying by. I can’t believe it is time for another Secret Recipe Club reveal. If you have not heard about the Secret Recipe Club, then let me share a quick snapshot of what all of the fun is about. Essentially it is a group of approximately two hundred food bloggers who are paired with another food blogger monthly and it is a secret who has who. During the month, you get to stalk – okay – peruse the blogger who you were assigned to determine what recipe you will choose to make. If you want to learn more, simply click here.
For May I had the pleasure of being assigned to Rachel from The Avid Appetite. It is hard to believe that three years ago she could barely cook and now she has a beautiful food blog. She is married to the love of her life Shaun and wanted to whip up tasty delights for everyone who came over to enjoy the footballs games. They recently welcomed Penelope to their family and you can sense the happiness that she brings to both Rachel and her hubby. Rachel loves to travel, cook, and eat at great restaurants and blog about her adventures.
After spending quite a bit of time looking through her delicious recipe list of mouthwatering recipes, I stay true to what I most love to make and that is appetizers. One in particular just stood above the rest – Gorgonzola Fig Crostini. I wanted to mix it up a bit and chose Camembert and used my homemade Balsamic Fig Jam along with well caramelized onions.
I actually hosted a dinner party over the weekend and thought these appetizers would be a perfect addition to the appetizer menu. If you want to see photos of each dish served during the dinner party, check out Instagram. I also served my Pimento Cheese and Bacon Jam Toast Points to my guests. Let’s just say, both appetizers were enjoyed by all and nothing left on either serving tray.
These are super simple to make and if you don’t want to make homemade jam, you find great quality fig jam at Trader Joe’s, your local supermarket or online. This Crostini can be made an hour before your guests arrive, so you can sit down and enjoy a glass of wine and some appetizers.
Camembert, Caramelized Onions and Fig Jam Crostini
1 Sourdough Baguette
1 Large Onion
5 Tablespoons Butter
1 Tablespoon Sugar
Salt and Pepper
Preheat the broiler on the oven to high.
Slice baguette into 24 slices about ½ inch thick. Brush each side with olive oil and sprinkle one side with a bit of salt. Place under the broiler until each side is golden brown and set aside to cool.
Spread about a generous teaspoon of Camembert on each toasted Crostini. Next spread about a teaspoon of Fig Jam on each one and top with a teaspoon of Caramelized Onion.
Peel the onion and cut in half. Slice into thin slices. Melt the butter in a large skillet and add the onions. Next add the sugar and a bit of salt and pepper. With thongs, toss until onions are well covered with the melted butter. Over medium heat, continue to cook the onions and tossing frequently until dark golden brown. Remove from the heat.