Friday, May 30, 2014

Brussels Sprouts and Smoked Onions on Cheddar Crostini | Friday Night Bites

One of my favorite vegetables on earth is ………Brussels Sprouts.  I know some of you out there are saying to yourself – I completely agree with her where as others are thinking these are the most disgusting veggies on earth.  We all have our preferences when it comes to food and what falls where on the like and dislike tally.  Our differences make the world go round – right?  With my love for Brussels Sprouts, I probably prepare them at least once a week in some form or another.  A bonus for me – hubby is a huge fan. 

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When I found this recipe for Brussels Sprouts and Smoked Onions on Cheddar Crostini, my mouth sang for joy.  This was a perfect recipe for Friday Night Bites.  All of the components were paired in perfect harmony and was a unique Crostini.  Hubby and I actually enjoyed it a few nights in a row – it was that divine.

On another note, our 14.5 year old Lhasa Apso Max had a biopsy last week and unfortunately the results came back that he has a low grade melanoma on the side of his mouth.  We have a consult with a specialist early next week to determine the treatment options.  We are hoping and praying that there is an option that will be easy on Max and let him be around for a while.  I keep asking myself, why can’t doggies live longer?  I guess we just have to love and enjoy them as long as they are with us.  I will keep everyone posted as to his progress.

Brussels Sprouts and Smoked Onions on Cheddar Crostini

Makes 12

12 large Brussels Sprouts, end cut off and cut into quarters
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
2 Tablespoons Butter
1 Large Onion, peel, cut in half and slice thin
Salt and Pepper
1 Teaspoon Smoked Paprika
12 half inch slices of baguette
5 ounces of White Cheddar Cheese, sliced thin

Place the 12 baguette slices onto a cookie sheet and toast one side.  Remove and flip each one over.  Place the sliced cheddar cheese on top of the non-toasted side.  Set aside until Brussels sprouts and onions are ready.

To cook the onions, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter in a medium size skillet.  Add the onions and cook on medium until they become translucent.  Next add the smoked paprika and cook for another 3 to 4 minutes.  Set aside.

In a medium sized skillet add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook on medium heat.  Next add the quartered Brussels sprouts and season with salt and pepper.  Turn the heat up to high and toss in the olive oil.  Let cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until lightly charred.  Remove from the heat.

Turn the broiler on high and place the baguettes with cheese under and let cook for 2 to 4 minutes or until bubbly.  Remove and divide the cooked onions among each one and top with 4 quarters of Brussels sprouts on each one.  Season with a sprinkle of salt to enhance the flavor.  Enjoy immediately!


  1. What incredible flavors, the smoked onions sound incredible! So sorry to hear about Max, but hoping there's a treatment option that will extend his happy golden years!

  2. I love this Friday or any other night!! Beautiful. Blessings, Catherine

  3. Totally with you on the brussels sprouts, LOVE them, and your photos are great too! Good and healthy thoughts for you and Max!

  4. hehe. I still wince whenever I see Brussels sprouts (I almost ran away from home whilst my dad was cooking them!). :D

    However, your presentation looks amazing!! Maybe I'll give the wicked little cabbage heads another go. ;)

  5. now this is a fancy but doable and absolutely delicious app! I love the smoked onions on top. brings it up another level and I never never eat brussel sprouts unless they are accompanied by sauteed onions so this is a great combo for me

  6. Lisa, I too am crazy about Brussels Sprouts and your crostini look amazing.
    So sorry to hear about your pooch. It's heartbreaking to watch a dog age and get sick. Hang in there.

  7. I'm right there with you about loving Brussels sprouts and this sounds like a terrific way of enjoying them.

  8. this crostini looks delicious and hopefully he gets better.

  9. This is a great fix for any occasion:-) did it with swiss cheese and shallots (instead of onions). Very tasty. Became an instant hit for my extended family!!


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