French Onion Bites
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- Ready In:
- Preheat oven to 375 F with rack in middle.
- Arrange slices on a large baking sheet and bake in oven until golden, about 6-8 minutes. Let cool.
- Meanwhile, heat butter and oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until butter is melted, then cook onion, garlic, bay leaf, and thyme with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper, covered, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.
- Uncover skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until deep golden, about 10 to 15 minutes more. Add wine and cook until entirely evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes. Discard garlic clove, bay leaf, and thyme. Transfer to a small bowl and keep warm, covered.
- Preheat broiler.
- Arrange toasts on a large baking sheet, then top each with a rounded teaspoon of caramelized onions and sprinkle generously with shredded Gruyere. Broil 3- to 4-inches from heat until cheese is melted, 1 to 2 minutes (watch carefully).
Steps that can be done ahead of time:
- Onions can be caramelized 3-5 days ahead and kept chilled.
- Bread slices can be toasted and cheese shredded 1-2 days ahead. Keep toasts in an airtight container at room temperature and keep cheese chilled.
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Wonderful appetizers and perfect finger-food! I made this as described and used a homemade baguette (after defrosting) I still had in advance. This recipes doesn't need many ingredients, so that I had just all on hand for the first dinner after coming back from my vacations. Thanks a lot Debb for this delish!
Excellent appetizer! Wow, this one impressed. I prepped the toast, onions and cheese in advance so it was super easy to put together at party time. Everyone loved it! Thank you! P.S. I had to use about 5 onions because mine weren't large. It's a good idea to use a measuring cup because you really want to have lots of onion mix!