Pan-Grilled Bruschetta with Onion Marmalade and Goat Cheese

Right now it’s 11:30pm and I can’t sleep because my little guy is sick. I just feel like i’m on edge because when he calls me, I need to get there really quickly- which won’t happen if i’m snoozing. Great. Last post I was talking about cheesy feet, and now i’m talking about barf- I don’t think anyone’s going to read my Blog ever again!! So I apologize for the T.M.I. and will go back to being a proper English girl again now–talking about more appropriate things like sandwiches. “Sweet, sweet sandwiches!” (I hope someone out there appreciates my flight of the concords humor).

Yesterday was my birthday by the way! I made myself a warm chocolate mascarpone cheesecake, and was hoping it would be good enough to Blog about, but it wasn’t. I got two amazing presents from my husband- one that will help my Blogging a lot, and one that will totally distract me from it! He got me a mac book pro (with photoshop CS5) so i’m excited to see what i’ll be able to create with those. (Since thus far i’ve been working on a 4 year old macbook with a screen that only works when it wants to). He also got me my own X BOX!! So now instead of fighting over who gets to use it every night… I get to play my kinect dancing games whenever I want! He’s so awesome.

I also got some canning stuff from my mother in law, and it actually came at a pretty good time, since I already planned on making the onion marmalade today. It will store for up to 7 weeks, and it’s super delicious. Here’s the recipe for it:

Ingredients for the marmalade:
2 Tbsp Olive oil
1 1/2 pound red onions very thinly sliced (about 3-4)
1 bay leaf
1 tsp dried thyme
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
2/3 cup red wine
grated zest and juice of 1 orange
salt and pepper

Plus ciabatta bread, mixed salad greens, and goat cheese for the sandwich

Directions:
Slice the onions really thin

heat the oil in a large saucepan until hot. Add the onions, bay leaf, thyme, salt & pepper.
Cover with a lid and cook over a low heat for 30 mins, stirring occasionally until the onions are softened and turn translucent Add the sugar, wine, vinegar, and the orange zest and juice. Cook uncovered for 1 1/2 hours (stirring more frequently during the last 30 minutes of cooking to prevent burning).When it’s done, there should be no liquid left, and the onions should be a dark, rich red colour.

Heat a stove top grill pan until hot. Add the ciabatta and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side until lightly toasted and charred. Spread the onion marmalade on top Then top with a handful of salad, season with salt and pepper, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and crumble the goat cheese on top This dish is awesome. Firstly, the main ingredient is red onions, which my father in law grows, so I get them for free! Secondly, it’s one of the healthiest things I have ever cooked in my life! (Minus the bread, it’s pretty much all vegetables). And thirdly, this may just be the most cleverly balanced flavorful thing I have made on this Blog! You have the sweetness from the marmalade, the creamy, cheesiness from the goat cheese, the bitterness from the lettuce and then peppery and salty from the seasonings- just made it really interesting, and very delicious! The marmalade was a little time consuming to make, but since it’s something I can store in my fridge and have on hand, this would be one of the  fastest, healthiest, easiest and most delicious recipes ever!

I hope you guys try this, and love it too! P.S. “Are you still into sandwiches in a big way?!” (You HAVE to look up flight of the concords ‘Jenny’ if you still have no idea what i’m talking about!) P.P.S. My babe has been sleeping solid for the past hour, so I think I am good to fall into bed now. You wait- as soon as I lay down, he’ll start crying! You momma’s know exactly what i’m talking about. But my eyelids are telling me it’s closing time, so as much as i’d love to stay and talk about sandwiches i’m out! Good night everyone!!!

Love, Sarah