Super Yummy Appetizer (or, Frankly, A Light Dinner): Steak and Caramelized Onion Crostini

You know that moment of desperation when you realize you have to bring an appetizer to a party that starts in about an hour, thus negating your ability to go to the store, so you're going to have to work with what you have? (No? You do NOT know that feeling? Hmm. You better go to a different blog. This one may give you palpitations.) I had that moment not so long ago when I was going to a Shrimp and Crawfish soiree. Unfortunate fact: my husband is allergic to shellfish and seafood isn't my thing. So, I needed something with a little heft to round out what was looking to be an "all corn" type of dinner. Here's what I came up with ... and not to pat myself on the back, but — yum. These are filling and tasty, and I'm sure they are also calorie, fat and carb free so ... enjoy!!!

Steak and Caramelized Onion Crostini:


2 ounces cream cheese, softened
4 ounces sour cream
1/2 cup crumbled Gorgonzola cheese
1 large white onion, caramelized (my favorite recipe here)
1 loaf of cuban or baguette bread sliced into 1/8 - 1/4 inch slices
Olive oil to drizzle
2-3 ounces steak, marinated, grilled and chopped

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Drizzle bread with olive oil and bake on top rack until lightly toasted (around 3-4 minutes). Remove bread from oven, leaving oven at 450 deg. Stir together cream cheese, sour cream, 1/4 cup of the Gorgonzola and half the onion. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spread atop toasted bread, top with steak and remaining Gorgonzola and caramelized onions. Pop back into oven for 4-5 minutes or until cheese has melted.

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