I have been experimenting with small plate recipes over the last few weeks. In Spain, small plates of food are called Tapas. In Crete, they are know as Mezze. Often eaten in taverns and coffee shops, Tapas or Mezze are devoured slowly for hours at a time usually with glasses of wine or tea. They can be just a snack or a meal. One of my favorite Tapas restaurants is Tapeo on Newbury Street in Boston. If you sit at the bar you can get $5 tapas and enjoy the Mediterranean ambience.
Caramelized Onions and Eggplant Crostini
- Cook Time
- 2 Sandiwches
- Difficulty Level Easy
- (4 /5)
- 3 ratings
- 1 large eggplant, sliced thin
- 3 sweet onions, cut in half and sliced thin
- ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
- ½ pound fresh mozzarella, sliced
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 4 slices hearty on the outside, soft on the inside whole grain bread
- Lay eggplant slices out and lightly salt both sides.
- Add 3 teaspoons of olive oil to a skillet. Heat onions on medium heat. Sauté onions until they begin to brown (approx ½ hour). Stir more as caramelizing begins. Be careful not to burn. Add a little salt. Turn off heat and stir in balsamic vinegar.
- While onions are caramelizing, fry eggplant slices in olive oil in another skillet on medium heat. Fry until slices start to brown. You may need to add more oil as the eggplant tends to suck up a lot of oil. Drain cooked slices on a paper towel. Continue until all slices are cooked.
- Turn oven on to broil setting.
- Place bread on top rack of oven and toast for a few minutes (be careful not to burn bread).
- Remove bread from oven. Top each piece of bread with a quarter of the onion mixture. Lightly salt. Cover the onions with 2 slices of eggplant and then top with a slice of mozzarella and then oregano.
- Broil until cheese is melted and is just beginning to brown.
- Serve immediately.
Sign Up For Our Newsletter
Foods of Crete Cook Book
Do you want to eat like the
healthiest people in the world?
In the 1960’s, the Greek island of Crete had the highest longevity rates in the world, the men lived to be the same age as the women and researchers could only find one man on the island who had heart disease.
In our cookbook, Foods of Crete: Traditional Recipes from the Healthiest People in the World you will find over 110 delectable recipes by Koula Barydakis, a chef and cooking teacher from the island and a guide to eating the Mediterranean diet by Bill Bradley, Registered Dietician.
Buy Olive Oil From Crete
Delicious and buttery, this is the oil that can be used for all your cooking needs including sauces, dressings, soups, bread dipping and even baking! Makes everything taste better!