Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites #BrunchWeek

Brunch is one of those meals where anything goes. Think about all the different kinds of food you see on a brunch menu or spread out on the table at a gathering. You could see everything from eggs, toast, quiche, and muffins to pancakes smothered in chocolate chips and syrup, stuffed french toast, coffee cake, and brownies. You’ll see potatoes, cheese and crackers, bread, fruit, coffee, tea, and cocktails. Brunch is an all-or-nothing meal and that’s what makes it so freaking good.

Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites #BrunchWeek

This is also what makes it such a special meal. It certainly isn’t something you’d eat everyday, and usually when you “do brunch,” you’re getting together with family and/or friends for some kind of celebration — whether it’s a birthday, baby shower, holiday, or just the mere fact that you have an afternoon free to enjoy good food and good company.

Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites #BrunchWeek

If you appreciate brunch, then I’m sure you’ve been enjoying the past couple days of Brunch Week and are really looking forward to the rest of the week. Today I’m sharing a recipe that I made for the tapas party I catered in March; Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites. While these little bites make an excellent appetizer or snack, it would also be the perfect dish for brunch. 

Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites #BrunchWeek

Caramelized Onion, Apple and Gruyere Bites1 tbsp olive oil
2 Vidalia onions, julienned
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 Granny Smith apples, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
3 oz Gruyere cheese, cut into 1/2-inch slices

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onions; do not stir. Let the onions sit and cook until translucent.  Add the balsamic vinegar and stir until onions are covered in the liquid. Continue to cook until the liquid has been absorbed.

Roll the puff pastry sheets flat onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat. There are two sheets in a box; use both of them and lay next to each other to form one long sheet. Pour onions onto the puff pastry, covering it in entirety. Arrange the apple slices over the onions and top with slices of gruyere cheese. Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted.

If you want to give the puff pastry most of a crispy crust, place under the broiler for another minute. Make sure you watch closely so it does not burn.

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Disclaimer: California Walnuts, Bob’s Red Mill, Oxo, Dixie Crystals, Whole Foods Market Doctor Phillips, Grimmway Farms, Woot Froot, Vidalia Onion, Baloian Farms, Stemilt and Bonne Maman are providing the prizes free of charge.  I have received product related to these brands to use for #Brunchweek. All opinions stated are my own.



    Hello! I’m Shaina – a Delray Beach, Florida resident, foodie, and lifestyle blogger. I love exploring South Florida and beyond, and sharing everything from my favorite restaurants, products and more with you! See more by following along on Instagram:  @takeabiteoutofboca

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