Blue Cheese Caramelized Onion is a perfect savory hors d’oeuvre and cocktail appetizer. It will disappear quickly so make plenty!
The beauty of Life is the moment one takes to create, to observe.
An interesting thing happened a few months ago. I met a Russian girl at a dinner party who was visiting Los Angeles from Bali, where she has been living the past year and a half. She came to LA to visit her brother and to meet his newborn baby.
She is a wild, spiritual, brave and talented human being. A few weeks later we went on a road trip with a few of my friends to Mount Shasta. They say Mount Shasta is the first chakra of the Earth – Muladhara – base or root chakra, one of the seven primary chakras according to Hindu tantrism. About an hour before we approached our destination, we all seemed to feel something, a shift. The energy between us changed and our conversation took another route, we started to listen. A strong feeling of clarity and light, a deep connection with where we were, the Universe, oneself.
We spent three days hiking the gorgeous trails, walking by crystal clear lakes, and drinking water from the streams. We listened to the rush of the water, meditated, trying to experience it with our full body. We each had our own sense of this magnificent place.
Questions that were important to my friends or to me became very vivid. Answers seemed to come from the root, the base of the vision. Life’s priorities came into focus without the chaos of unnecessary thoughts and life’s daily distractions. I think we all experienced an overwhelming feeling of calmness, joy, and stability.
Before we left we stopped at a local restaurant to have dinner and to share our impressions. We all agreed Mount Shasta pulls you with a powerful, but calming force. All filled up with answers, maybe more questions, we went back to LA. The eleven hours drive went fast with interesting conversations, laughter, music, and tons of photos.
It’s been over two months since our trip and I am still thinking of it. Others who have gone there say the mountain called them. It is calling me again. I want to go back and hike higher, meditate longer, breathe slower.
Now I am in my hometown – St. Petersburg, Russia. I’ll be going to Thailand in the middle of August to the island Ko Pha Ngan. Different goals, different ways to observe, and share. It’s always important to be able to share.
Blue Cheese Caramelized Onion Appetizer
A classic combination of slowly caramelized onions, topped with pungent blue cheese and arugula leaf on a perfectly baked phyllo dough makes this flavorful Blue Cheese Caramelized Onion appetizer. It is amazing that such a small amount of ingredients can conquer my guest’s heart, every single time. I am asked repeatedly to make this simple appetizer. It makes my soul sing, to know my guests liked something so much. I’m sure yours will love it too.
This is a quick and easy recipe that will win everyone’s heart like the Mount Shasta.
- 3 large onions
- 1 cup blue cheese, crumbled
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Arugula leaves
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Phyllo (or filo) dough
- Preheat the oil and butter in a heavy skillet. Add sliced onions and cook on medium-high heat for about 10 minutes until soft. Stir frequently.
- Add brown sugar, salt and pepper. Lower the heat to medium and cook for another 30 minutes until onions are golden brown. Set aside.
- Cut phyllo dough into squares, brush the corners with olive oil.
- Put a spoonful of caramelized onions on each puff pastry square and bake for about 15 minutes or according to dough box instructions.
- Remove from oven and top with blue cheese.
- Bake again 5 minutes or until the blue cheese melts.
- Garnish with arugula and serve.
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