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Caramelized Onion & Cheese Braid

Caramelized Onion & Cheese Braid

Easy and Impressive

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This is one of those recipes that looks very impressive with minimal work—an excellent one to add to your repertoire. The onions are caramelized with balsamic vinegar and a touch of brown sugar, then mixed with muenster cheese and wrapped in puff pastry.


Healthy? Nope. Delicious? Absolutely! So, keep this one in mind when you want to splurge, or when you need to host or impress on short notice. Oh, and if you don't like balsamic, this one's not for you.


Begin by sautéing the onions in oil and salt for about 20 minutes. Add the balsamic and brown sugar, turn the flame down very low and cook for another 10 minutes or so. Let the mixture cool, and mix in the muenster cheese.


Roll out one sheet of puff pastry. Place half the mixture down the center. Cut the edges into strips and braid as pictured—basically crisscrossing the strands over each other. Tuck in the ends. Repeat with second sheet and second half of the onion mixture.


Brush with egg and bake at 350° for approximately 30 minutes (until golden). Timing will vary by oven. If you're baking on disposable pans you might also need to leave it in a little longer. Don't take it out when it's still blonde—undercooked puff pastry is not particularly pleasant.


Slice and serve.

What could you serve this with? I suggest a big lettuce salad. I find fresh veggies help cut through the richness of puff pastry. A light soup, like zucchini or carrot, would also be a nice accompaniment.


Ingredients:

  • 4 small purple onions (or 2 large)
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup shredded muenster cheese
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Cut the onions in quarter rounds and sauté with oil and salt for about 20 minutes.
  2. Add the balsamic vinegar and brown sugar, turn the fire very low and cook another 10 or so minutes.
  3. Remove, let the mixture cool and add 1 cup shredded muenster cheese.
  4. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry dough. Place half the mixture down the center. Cut the edges into strips and braid as pictured. Repeat with second sheet and second half of the onion mixture.
  5. Brush with egg and bake at 350° for approximately 30 minutes (until golden). Timing will vary by oven. If you're baking on disposable pans you might also need to leave it in a little longer.

Yields: 16 slices


Like the braided look? You can use the same technique with other filings—sweet or savory.

Ideas for sweet filling: blueberry, strawberry, cherry, apple, rhubarb or cheese.

Ideas for savory filling: tomato sauce and pizza cheese, onion and mushroom, broccoli and cheese, or pulled or ground beef.

Miriam Szokovski is the author of the historical novel Exiled Down Under, and a member of the Chabad.org editorial team. She shares her love of cooking, baking and food photography on Chabad.org’s food blog, Cook It Kosher.
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Chanel Brooklyn January 10, 2015

tasted no wait, having tasted this in real life.... it's incredible. outrageous. the kids loved it too. Reply

Sara London January 10, 2015

This looks amazing! It's making me hungry just reading the recipe. Reply

Chavah Kwiatkowska Latvia January 4, 2015

Wow! Thank you very much for another wonderful idea! Reply

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