The Perfect New Years Crostini

Instead of trying to throw together some huge meal on New Years that appeases everyone’s appetite and dietary restrictions, we recommend going the finger foods route. Not only are you able to have a bit more fun with your dishes, you can also do a number of options that work for different people: vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free, diabetic, etc. We especially love this onion jam, goat cheese and arugula crostini. Make the onion jam ahead of time so when it comes down to the night of, you can just throw it all together. Because when you can spend more time looking good for the big night, you take it. Learn how to make this finger-licking finger food in this online chef course. You’ll love how easy it is!

Onion Jam & Goat Cheese Crostini

Crostini Ingredients
8 oz goat cheese
1 bunch arugula
Onion jam (recipe follows)
Salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Onion Jam Ingredients
4 tbsp unsalted butter
4 large sweet onions, preferably Vidalia
1 ½ cup red wine, pinot noir or chianti would work well!
1/3 cup honey
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
2 sprigs fresh rosemary (optional)
Salt & pepper to tasteThe onion jam will keep in the fridge for up to one week.

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F.

2. Start by peeling the onions, halving them and cutting into thin slices-about a ¼ inch. You don’t want to slice too thinly because the onions will greatly reduce.

3. In a large saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. When the butter starts to froth, add the onions and stir to coat. Cook until the onions have softened and lightly caramelize—about 10 minutes. Add the red wine, rosemary and pinch of salt of pepper. Lower the heat to low and cook until the wine has reduced completely.

4. While the onion combination reduces, heat the honey in a small saucepan over medium heat until it turns a light caramel color-about 2 minutes. Add the red wine vinegar and simmer on low for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat.

5. When the onion/red wine combination has completely reduced, add in the vinegar/honey combination and stir to combine. Cook for an additional 12-15 minutes or until the mixture reaches a jam like consistency. Remove any large rosemary pieces. Set aside and allow to cool.

6. To assemble crostini, slice 1 inch rounds out of a baguette. Assemble on rack in oven and bake until toasted-about 5 minutes. Remove bread and slather with goat cheese, spread with onion jam and top with a couple sprigs of arugula. Repeat until you have your desired amount of crostinis. Onion jam will keep refrigerated for one week.

Toasting the crostini helps the bread avoid getting soggy.

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