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Provolone cheese with balsamic caramelized onions

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Course: Appetizer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 people to share
Author: Lorena Salinas from Cravings Journal

Ingredients

For the balsamic caramelized onions

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 large red onion / 1 whole small
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Salt and pepper

For the provolone cheese

  • 180 g provolone cheese
  • Fresh oregano to finish optional

For the toasts

  • 1 ciabatta bread or half a baguette cut in 5mm slices
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

For the balsamic caramelized onions

  • Preheat a small pan over medium heat.
  • Add the oil and thinly sliced onion. Sautée until it becomes soft and golden.
  • Add the salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar and let it reduce completely, it should look like honey on the onion.
  • Remove from the heat and reserve.

For the provolone cheese

  • Place the cheese in a small cast iron pan or in a grill-proof/ovenproof dish, depending on what you're using. Mine is 16cm/6' in diameter.
  • Place in on a preheated grill or oven at 200°C/400°F for 10-15 minutes or until it's very melted.
  • Serve immediately with the onion on top and fresh oregano leaves.

For the toasts

  • Brush the bread slices generously with olive oil. Also, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Toast them on a grill, a couple of minutes per side. Alternatively, you can bake them in a preheated oven at 180°C/350°F FOR 10-12 minutes or until golden.
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