Caramelized Onion Cranberry Bruschetta
Caramelized Onion Cranberry Bruschetta is the perfect balance of sweet, savory and a little bit tart! Made on a gluten free baguette smothered with vegan cream cheese then topped with the caramelized onions and cranberry sauce. Drizzled with balsamic, this Caramelized Onion Cranberry crostini will be your new favorite!
First, start by caramelizing your onions. Cut your onions to ¼ inch slices.
Add butter to a large sauce pan over medium heat. Once the butter is scorching, place half of your onions into the pan and stir.
Continue to stir for approx 2 minutes then add in the additional onions.
Continuously stir the onions (approx every 1-2 minutes) for 15-20 minutes. The browner you wish your onions to become, the longer you will need to cook them for, but be careful – they burn easily (stirring will help prevent this).
While the onions are caramelizing, begin to make your cranberry sauce. Place all ingredients into a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 8-10 minutes or until all of the liquid it absorbed.
Once both the onions and cranberries are just about done, begin to prepare your bread for the bruschetta. Cut your baguette into approx 1 inch thick pieces.
Place bread pieces into toaster or oven and toast for 5 minutes (or until fully toasted to your desire).
Once toasted, smother with cream cheese, top with onions and cranberries then option to drizzle balsamic on top! You may also garnish with rosemary or additional orange zest.
Baguette – You may use any loaf of bread you like! I chose a small gluten free baguette from trader joes (it is actually take and bake) because I wanted a smaller top (meaning more pieces!).
Cranberries – Fresh, whole cranberries are needed for this recipe.
Orange Zest - Zest from an orange helps the cranberry sauce pop! If you cannot find an orange, you make use 1 tsp of orange juice.
Sugar - Sugar is used to make the cranberry reduction. I used sugar in the raw, but you may use any alternative to that, including
White Onion - White onion is best for this recipe. You may also use yellow onion as well. Red will not work well.
Vegan Butter - You may use any vegan butter you prefer or real butter if you are not vegan or dairy free.
Salt and Pepper – For seasoning! Option to omit.
Vegan Cream Cheese – You may also use a vegan ricotta or vegan brie. You may use regular cream cheese, as well as another smooth based cheese.
Balsamic Glaze - You may omit this!
Sodium: 116mgCalcium: 28mgVitamin C: 3mgVitamin A: 15IUSugar: 19gFiber: 3gPotassium: 36mgCholesterol: 1mgCalories: 162kcalSaturated Fat: 3gFat: 8gProtein: 2gCarbohydrates: 22gIron: 1mg