When we spent a night at Opryland, one of the appetizer specials listed at dinner was a flatbread with goat cheese, caramelized onions, and grapes. We almost never order appetizers when we eat out, but it stuck in my mind… so when we got home, I went straight to Pinterest!
I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted, but this one was pretty close so I used it as a starting point:
Below is my adapted recipe using store-bought flat breads. Next time it would be fun to make my own dough, since flatbread is basically just a smaller, thinner pizza. These would be great as an appetizer… but let’s be honest, I just ate them all by myself for dinner!
Flatbread with Goat Cheese, Grapes & Caramelized Onions
Yields: 4-6 flatbreads
Time: About 1 hour
4-6 small flat breads
1 onion, cut into slices
4 oz. goat cheese
1 cup grapes, cut in half
1 tablespoon olive oil
salt, pepper, & sugar to taste
Pre-heat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on low-medium heat, then cut the onion into half moon slices and add to the pan. Per the original recipe, you want them to sizzle quietly and brown very slowly. Sauté the onions for 15-20 minutes. While the onions are browning, cut the grapes in half.
Add a teaspoon of sugar (optional) to the onions and let them caramelize for another 15-20 minutes until they look golden brown (a total of 30-45 minutes at this point). Add a splash of water and continue to sauté until the water evaporates, about 5 minutes.
Lay the flat breads on a cookie tray (I also used a sheet of aluminum foil underneath) and brush with a small amount of olive oil. Layer the caramelized onions on top, then the goat cheese and grapes.
Cook for about 8 minutes in the oven until the cheese starts to melt.
Ta da! That’s it… all done.
These tasted pretty good! The crispy flatbread was a great vehicle for the mix of tangy goat cheese, sweet grapes, and savory onions. They’d be great as an appetizer cut into slices, or everyone could have their own. The onions take a while to caramelize, but I read in another recipe that you can make them ahead of time and just layer all the components at once and go straight to the oven – that would make it a super quick 8 minutes total! I’ve never used flatbreads before, but there are definitely endless possibilities…
Once again, hooray for Pinterest!