Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini are a great and colorful snack, or a go-to picnic appetizer. Baguette slices can be switched up to crackers or any other vessel you can think of.

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin

To aid in caramelization of onions, sugar is usually added the during cooking process. In this recipe, I replaced it with  SPLENDA® Sugar Blend to cut down some calories. If you’re looking to save some calories not just at home, but while eating out as well, make sure to ask for SPLENDA® Sweetener Products by name, to prevent being served a generic brand.

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin

If you’re serving a large crowd and don’t want to fuss with spreading the topping over anything, just layer a 1/2 inch of goat cheese on a large platter, top it with the Caramelized Onions and Bell Pepper and finish it off by a sprinkle of basil. Next, place a bowl of crackers or sliced baguette/bread next to the platter for a festive buffet style appetizer. You might want to multiply the recipe if you’re going to serve it for a large crowd.

{I created this post as part of a sponsored series with Socialstars and SPLENDA® Brand; all opinions are still my own. }

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini

Ingredients: 
1.5 cups chopped onions (1-2 inch long slices)
1.5 cups chopped to 1 inch long slices bell pepper, in assorted colors
3-4 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp SPLENDA® Sugar Blend OR 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 black ground pepper (optional)
2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
1/4 cups chopped basil
1/2 cup goat cheese
About 15 slices of baguette

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin
How to make Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini:

Heat skillet with 3 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat and add the chopped onions. Saute for 4-5 minutes until the onions are slightly caramelized. Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin

Add 2 teaspoons of SPLENDA® Sugar Blend OR 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar to bring out the sweetness of the onion.

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin!

Add 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (if using), stir and sauté for another minute or two until the liquid is evaporated and the onions have gained some more color. Transfer the onions to a bowl.

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin!

Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet, then add the bell pepper. Cook over high heat until the peppers are well caramelized. Add salt and stir. Cook for another minute. Transfer to the bowl with onions.

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin!

Stir together. Taste. Adjust seasoning and add black pepper if desired.

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin!

Now top each piece of sliced baguette with some goat cheese, then add a spoonful of onion and bell pepper mixture, sprinkle with chopped basil and enjoy!

To add the ruffled border of goat cheese, use the tips of the fork to press some goat cheese to the edge of the baguette, scraping it against the edges of the baguette slice. Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini | Let the Baking Begin!

Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini

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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 15-16 crostini

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1.5 cups chopped onions (1-2 inch long slices)
  • 1.5 cups chopped to 1 inch long slices bell pepper, in assorted colors
  • 3-4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp SPLENDA® Sugar Blend OR 1 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ½ black ground pepper (optional)
  • 2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar (optional)
  • ¼ cups chopped basil
  • ½ cup goat cheese
  • About 15 slices of baguette

Instructions

How to make Caramelized Onion, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Crostini:

  1. Heat skillet with 3 tablespoons of oil over medium high heat and add the chopped onions. Saute for 4-5 minutes until the onions are slightly caramelized.
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of SPLENDA® Sugar Blend OR 1 tablespoon of granulated sugar to bring out the sweetness of the onion.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar (if using), stir and saute for another minute or two until the liquid is evaporated and the onions have gained some more color. Transfer the onions to a bowl.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet, then add the bell pepper. Cook over high heat until the peppers are well caramelized. Add salt and stir. Cook for another minute. Transfer to the bowl with onions.
  5. Stir together. Taste. Adjust seasoning and add black pepper if desired.
  6. Now top each piece of sliced baguette with some goat cheese, then add a spoonful of onion and bell pepper mixture, sprinkle with chopped basil and enjoy!
  7. To add the ruffled border of goat cheese, use the tips of the fork to press some goat cheese to the edge of the baguette, scraping it against the edges of the baguette slice.

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