I don’t know what it is with me and baked cheese but its like one of my favorite things in the world. This recipe was born out of a need for something to put on an incredible, artwork-like baguette from Bottega Louie and if you’ve dined there you know what I’m talking about – everything, I mean everything from the food to the physical space is the most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. Carrera marble everywhere, high ceilings and gold fixtures – its my kind of place.
I digress, my sister Natasha and I were in Downtown LA a few weeks ago doing important things and by important I mean, that I can’t actually remember why we were there. All I know is that we made the mistake of heading home past Bottega Louie and next thing I know, there’s a French 77 in my hand and a waiter taking my bunch order. Also, there may or may not have been raspberry beignets involved. The great thing about Bottega Louie is you can’t get out of there without checking out their beautiful marketplace and bakery and that’s when the baguette happened. Well, two baguettes happened and hence the birth of this recipe.
There you go, the full story. Best diversion ever. Enjoy this, its pretty rad. Yes, I’m bringing that word back.
The magic of caramelized onions.
The goat cheese mixture.
Spoon the mixture into a baking dish and bake.
Place the onions on top and broil. Amazing.
Baked Goat Cheese & Caramelized Onion Gratin
8oz cream cheese, room temperature
4 oz goat cheese, room temperature
4 oz sour cream
½ cup cheddar cheese, grated
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon chives, finely chopped
1 teaspoon parsley, chopped
salt & pepper, to taste
1 large onion, sliced
2 tablespoons of butter
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons of brown sugar
Salt, to taste
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Heat skillet on medium high and add in olive oil and butter. Once heated, add your sliced onion and brown sugar and mix. Reduce heat to medium and let onions cook down for approximately 20 minutes or until golden and caramelized; stirring occasionally.
While onions are cooking, add all of the cheese mixture ingredients together in a bowl and stir until combined. Spoon into a buttered dish and bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and top with the caramelized onions. Broil for 3 – 5 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
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