Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Fig, Goat Cheese, and Balsamic Caramelized Onion Naan

If you love savory side dishes that provide a taste EXPLOSION in your mouth, then this one is for you!!  This is the perfect accompaniment to a salad for a light dinner, next to a bowl of soup (which is what we're doing tonight), or as a side dish with grilled chicken...man, the possibilities are endless!  I brought this to a BBQ this past summer and everyone enjoyed it from my kids to fellow foodies who claimed not to like caramelized onions!  Maybe the balsamic addition helped them get through the onions!  This is a must try....read on for the recipe...

It all starts with these delectable "pillows" of bread called Naan!  Aren't they pretty?!  Don't you just want to lay your head on them and take a nap and dream of delicious delicacies???....ok, I digressed.  Sorry about that.  It happens sometimes to us foodies.  What was I saying?  Oh yeah, Naan is pure perfection!  These are great to cut up and dip in hummus or to make as a light pizza with your favorite toppings but tonight we are making these delectable appetizers!  Soooo, start by preheating your oven to 450.  Then place the Naan flatbreads on your cookie sheet.
Hello lover!  This is my favorite brand of preserves!  I have tried several of their flavors and I love them all!  For this dish, we are using their fig preserves.  I mean, come on, who doesn't love a Fig Newton right?  Well, then you are going to love this dish! 
Spread a somewhat thin layer of the fig preserve over both Naan flatbreads, make sure to cover entire surface.
Thinly slice lengthwise the small onion and preheat your sauté pan.
Add the olive oil and let warm up a few seconds over medium heat.  Then add your onion slices and start to sauté to caramelization status!
When it starts to caramelize, add the balsamic vinegar and pinch of salt and stir for a few more minutes until it gets golden and caramely!
With a fork. gingerly drop the caramelized onion pieces all over the Naan flatbreads so they are spread out evenly.
Next, with your fingers, break up the goat cheese into chunks and distribute evenly over the flatbreads.
Place in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes until Naan gets golden brown and the goat cheese pillows like this!  Let rest for a minute or two before cutting.
I like to cut it up into rectangular slices like this but you could also eat it like a pizza.  The choice is yours!  guaranteed, one bite and you will be hooked!!!

FIG, GOAT CHEESE, AND BALSAMIC CARAMELIZED ONION NAAN RECIPE:

1 package Naan flatbread (2 per pack)
1/2 cup your favorite fig preserves
1 small onion
2 count of olive oil
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 oz goat cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place the Naan flatbreads on your cookie sheet.  Spread a somewhat thin layer of the fig preserve over both Naan flatbreads, make sure to cover entire surface.  This is Quanto Basta, put as much or as little as you like! 

Thinly slice lengthwise the small onion and preheat your sauté pan.  Add the olive oil and let warm up a few seconds over medium heat.  Then add your onion slices and start to sauté until they start to caramelize.  When it starts to caramelize, add the two balsamic vinegar and pinch of salt and stir for a few more minutes until it gets golden and caramel.  With a fork. gingerly drop the caramelized onion pieces all over the Naan flatbreads so they are spread out evenly.

Next, with your fingers, break up the goat cheese into chunks and distribute evenly over the flatbreads.  Place in oven and cook for 8-10 minutes until Naan gets golden brown and the goat cheese pillows like this!  Let rest for a minute or two before cutting.  Cut, serve and enjoy!





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