Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Caramelized Onion Squares with Olives

Hello all! I had to take a blogging break after coming back from my 20th reunion in NY so I hope you find this to be worth the wait. I just wasn't in the mood to do much at all last week. The reunion was wonderful & it truly was great to see everyone, including my close friends who were not in my year. Pictures to come.

I made these tasty bites this weekend for my best friend visiting as well as my parents. You can use it as a blank canvas if you don't care for olives, let's say. Otherwise, it was easy to make & very tasty.

Well, I will post 1-2x more this week before we head to Hilton Head for our family vacation. Hope all is well with everyone. And go see UP if you haven't yet. Best animated movie I have seen in a very long time!!!!

1 tblsp olive oil
1 tblsp butter
1 large onion, cut in half & thinly sliced
2 tblsp fresh thyme leaves or 2 tsp dried
1 8oz can Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 ½ cups (6oz) shredded Gruyere cheese
2 tblsp coarsely chopped kalamata olives
2 tblsp coarsely chopped roasted red bell peppers

In a 12 in skillet heat oil & butter over medium heat until melted. Add onion & thyme. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring frequently, until onion is golden brown. Remove from heat.

Heat oven to 350. Roll dough into 12 x 10 in rectangle. Cut dough in half lengthwise. On ungreased cookie sheet place dough about 2 inches apart. Bake about 10-12 minutes until lightly golden brown. Cool about 2 minutes.

Top each baked crust with cheese, onions, olives & peppers. Bake 4-6 minutes or until cheese is melted. Using a pizza cutter cut each into 12 squares.

{My Thoughts}

I cut the dough width wise since it seemed easier. Use your judgment. I also think this would have been better with some garlic. How bad would that be?! And I cooked the onions longer in order to get them nice & brown & sweet. If you don't want to spend the money on Gruyere you could use it's sister Swiss. I am just a big fan of Gruyere so I don't mind paying for it.

{Click Here to Print Recipe}

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Mommy Mac said...

We just saw UP yesterday! Loved it! I cried, can you believe that?

WE made kabobs last night too!

I thought of you.

I actually showed my husband your blog...he was very impressed!

He is a Food Network junkie!

Have a great vacation!

.mac :)

Kristina P. said...

Glad you had a great time! This looks delicious, as usual.

Scary Mommy said...

My mom took the kids to see UP and I'm thinking of taking them back this week!

And I am a big Gruyere fan too. This looks delish!

starnes family said...

Looks delicious! I've been cooking like mad lately......mostly Pioneer Woman's stuff. Chicken spaghetti is on the stove right now. Love it!

This one will please everyone.....taking notes!

Glad you're back!

Kacey R. said...

I need this now! RIGHT NOW! Really! I mean it! ;D Wish you lived next door. ;D

Jen said...

yum yum!

have a good time on your vacation.

And I so want to see Up! It looks awesome.

Jaysi said...

I love olives, so this looks heavenly to me!

So glad you had a good time at your reunion. Have a wonderful time on your vacation!

Maria said...

Glad you had fun! What a great recipe to come back with. I love it. Enjoy your vacation! We loved Palm Beach!! It was so nice!

Kerstin said...

Glad you had fun at your reunion! I love caramelized onions - they make everything more tasty.

Life with Kaishon said...

Yummy! I love it! Its almost like what I made :) .

I am glad your reunion was so good!

Brenda said...

My family would enjoy these.

I was wondering if I had just missed your posts or if you had been gone. Nice to have you back!

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big onion eater UNLESS they are caramalized.

Hi poopy doopy!

You got any good stuffed chicken recipes? I tried one that I didn't really like and I'm trying to find some creative chicken recipes. And my husband is PICKY about veggies. Which limits me.

Lisa@BlessedwithGrace said...

Your blog always makes me hungry!!!Thanks for the recipes and linking to TMTT.

mommy4life said...

Hubs and I recently tried pizza with carmelized onions. Yum! This sounds good too!

FROGGITY! said...


as for your question: we're in the melbourne area. we did disney for one day (it was a drive in/power trip/go home trip...) and had a blast! we mostly travel around and scout areas out... love it love it love it!!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

so glad you had a great time!!

Coco said...

I was wandering where in the heck you were! Can't wait to see pictures of the reunion, how fun!

OK, this recipe will for sure be put in my cookbook. YUM!

Woman Interrupted said...

That sounds like a fun break/trip!

Now if you could just develop a quicker way to caramelize onions...

Alicia said...

I totally missed my 20 year reunion two years ago!

I'm going to have to try this recipe! It looks delicious!!!!!!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!!!

Lula! said...

this is probably the first time I've never clicked to print the recipe. Cause I'm not a caramelized onion or olive fan. I know, right? Love me through this admission...and know that I love you.

p.s. Ate at Cafe Lola on Friday night...and, as always, had the bacon-wrapped dates. The waitress revealed that the date is stuffed with an almond. And then she spilled some deets involving brown sugar before the owner came over and got all kinds of nervous. I told my friend Lacey, "No worries--Steph will have this one figured out!"

True story.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh...I have such a soft spot for crescent rolls! I love Gruyere and these look super tasty.

Sherry said...

This looks scrumtpious!

I heard UP was really good. :D

Ronda said...

That sounds un friggin' real! I might use artichokes instead of olives, 'cause not everyone in an olive eater in my house.
I hope you had a nice time at your reunion, and hope you have an even better time on your vacation!!

The Blonde Duck said...

I wouldn't have shared. I would have inhaled it all.

Mandy said...

This looks heavenly! I LOVE onions...too bad I am the only one in my family! I guess more for me to eat.

Fresh Mommy said...

Wow, this looks good. Isn't it crazy that after you're gone for a bit you don't feel like doing anything at home? It happens every time. Haha.

This would be yummy to make, minus the olives for me :)


shopannies said...

sounds delicious

Angela said...

These are awesome! I have GOT to get back to cooking. I just looked all the way through my pics from May AND June so far and I got nothin' to post! LOL!

Hope you are having fun!