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Melty onion toasts

Melty onion toasts

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 35 mins

Easy

Serves 6
Make the onion topping for this simple gastropub-style starter up to two days ahead

Nutrition and extra info

  • Only the onions can be frozen
  • Vegetarian

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories412
  • fat25g
  • saturates15g
  • carbs32g
  • sugars9g
  • fibre0g
  • protein17g
  • salt1.46g
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Ingredients

  • 50g butter

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 6 onion, sliced

    Onion

    un-yun

    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • 2 tsp golden caster sugar
  • splash of brandy (optional)

    Brandy

    bran-dee

    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…

  • 6 slices sourdough bread
  • 300g mature cheddar, sliced
  • watercress and your favourite dressing, to serve

    Watercress

    wort-er-cress

    With deep green leaves, and crisp, paler stems, watercress is related to mustard and is one of…

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Method

  1. Heat the butter in a sauté pan, add the onions, then sprinkle over the sugar. Sweat the onions for 20 mins over a medium heat, stirring them occasionally, until sticky and golden. Add the brandy, if using, reduce down to nothing, then season to taste. This onion topping can be made 2 days ahead and kept covered.

  2. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Toast the bread, spread the onions over, then top with slices of cheese. The toasts can be made up 1 hr ahead. Place on a baking tray, then bake for 15 mins until bubbling and golden. Serve each piece of toast on a plate with a sprig of dressed watercress next to it.

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Comments (6)

hayleyb277's picture
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Will try this sounds scrummy, but I'm planning to 'do' a big batch of onions so I can keep half back for French Onion Soup the next day!

becs75's picture
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One of our favourite recipes. Have used soda bread instead of sourdough bread, was just as tasty. One tip, you definitely need a really strong, tangy cheese to bring out the sweetness of the caremelised onions.

wildflower196's picture
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these were so nice and simple to make

reallygoodfood's picture
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I topped this with the cheese society welsh rarebit (from this site too!)which improved it even further and served it with a rocket and walnut salad FAB!!!!

hayleygrice's picture
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Delish!! Loved these, made it for a light lunch one day and was so impressed by the taste am planning to turn it into my Easter starter. Managed to scale it down for 2 by using 3 onions (had a bit left over). Onions became really sweet and the brandy made it feel really indulgent.

rozzzz's picture
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This is lovely, but high fat content

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