Honey Bleu Crunch

Description

Every bite of this appetizer is one to enjoy fully. Honeycrisp apple slice, bleu cheese, caramelized onion, and cooked pancetta are so simple to make and are a beautiful pairing of ingredients that guests will ask you to make again and again. Savory and Crunchy!

Ingredients

  • 2 NY Honeycrisp apples, sliced into half-moons 1/8” thick
  • 1/4 cup crumbled bleu cheese
  • 1/2 cup caramelized onions* or caramelized onion jam
  • 1/4 cup cooked until crispy, finely diced pancetta or bacon
  • 1 tbsp. fresh chives, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Arrange apple slices in a single layer on a parchment-lined cookie sheet for easy clean-up.
  2. Top each slice with about one teaspoon of caramelized onion* or onion jam, then sprinkle one teaspoon of crumbled bleu cheese on top. Continue until all slices have been covered with caramelized onions and bleu cheese.
  3. Take a large spoonful of the cooked crispy pancetta and sprinkle lightly over the tops of the apple slices.
  4. Finish topping them off with freshly chopped chives. Transfer to a serving platter and serve.
TIP:

*To caramelize onions: Thinly slice a small or medium cooking onion into 1-2-inch-wide strips and set aside. Heat 1 tbsp of cooking/olive oil and 2 tsps. of salted butter in a heavy-bottomed pan (cast iron also works well) on medium heat. Once the oil mixture is hot, toss sliced onions and stir to coat. Then turn heat to medium-low, stirring occasionally, until onions become a caramel brown color. Letting the onions cook down without stirring the pan too frequently is important. This step is what makes the onions turn into a caramel brown. Add some water to the pan if the onions are drying out. Hint: If the heat is too high, the onions will burn; if the heat is too low, the onions won’t brown. This process can take about 30-45 minutes, depending on the quantity of onions used.