Cheesy Caramelized Onion Flatbreads

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Linda Hirst
Cheesy Caramelized Onion Flatbreads deliver as a flavorful appetizer. We like the mix of cheeses and black sesame seeds in these tasty snacks.

Yield:

Makes 8 servings

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Recipe Time

Prep: 12 Minutes
Cook: 20 Minutes
Stand: 5 Minutes

Ingredients

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
1/2 large white onion, very thinly sliced
1/4 teaspoon salt, divided
2 soft flatbreads or naan (about 4 to 5 ounces each)
1/2 cup fresh ricotta cheese
1 large garlic clove, minced
4 ounces fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced (about 6 slices)
1/4 cup freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese
3/4 teaspoon black sesame seeds
1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
1/2 teaspoon orange zest

Preparation

1. Preheat oven to 450°. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and 1/8 teaspoon salt; sauté 8 minutes or until onions are lightly caramelized. Transfer to a small bowl.

2. Brush flatbreads with remaining 1 1/2 teaspoons oil. Stir together ricotta, garlic, and remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small mixing bowl, and spread onto flatbreads. Top evenly with cheeses and caramelized onion. Sprinkle with sesame seeds.

3. Place flatbreads on a large baking sheet, and bake 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and flatbreads are crisp. Let stand 5 minutes. Sprinkle with basil and orange zest, and cut into slices.

Sip: Domaine de Baumard Cremant de Loire "Carte Turquoise," NV, 50% Chenin Blanc, 50% Cabernet Franc ($21): "The presence of green apple and golden raspberry pairs incredibly well with the mix of cheeses and black sesame. Add the light acidity from this sparkling wine and it is a great match." --Michael Velo, bubbly expert from the Carriage House Restaurant in Chicago

Note:

Jackie Newgent, R.D.,

December 2013