A Tasty Baguette Sandwich with Asiago Cheese, Arugula & Balsamic Onion Marmalade

This is a simple sandwich that relies on a few quality ingredients. This sandwich is all about the juxtaposition of flavors and textures – the sweet caramelized onions, the peppery arugula and the crunch of a perfectly baked baguette. This can be served as a hot sandwich by toasting the bread and letting the asiago melt and using warm freshly made balsamic onion marmalade or enjoy at room temperature.
You can purchase a pre-made balsamic onion marmalade, but it is super easy to do at home. It just requires a bit of patience waiting for the onions to caramelize. The recipe is below. Once in  your pantry, you will find other delicious uses for the balsamic onion marmalade – a side to steaks, quiche or as an accompaniment to a fruit and cheese plate.
Serves 2
1 Baguette, Freshly baked and sliced in half lengthwise
1 c. Arugula, shaved or thinly sliced
1/2 c. Balsamic Onion Marmalade
1. Place asiago on the bread and layer with onion marmalade and top with arugula.
2. Enjoy.

Balsamic Marmalade

4 medium onions, thinly sliced
1  Tbsp. Olive Oil
1/2 tsp. sea salt
Black Pepper, freshly ground
1/3 c.sugar
2/3 c. balsamic vinegar

1. Place oil in a pan and wait until it shimmers.
2. Toss onions with sea salt.
3. Place onions in a pan let stand untouched, 20 minutes until onions start to turn golden brown and caramelize.
4. Add black pepper to taste and sugar. Toss to coat evening. Continue to cook, stirring often for another 10 minutes or so until onions look fairly dry.
5. Add balsamic vinegar and cook, covered, stirring occasionally for about an hour or until onions are very soft and a dark mahogany brown.
6. Serve warm or at room temperature.  Keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.


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