When you feel like making a lot out of little and taking something humble but essential to great heights, why not try out this dish? When I first saw it in Saveur's Roots of Flavor story, I fell in love with the idea. I had to try it and the results have been far from disappointing.
Although it may sound too simple or too weird, nothing can be better on a roasted slice of white onion than a topping of intensely flavored herbal breadcrumbs. Just try it :)
Recipe highly adapted from: Saveur.
Last year: Three color pizza with basil, mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and avocado.
Two years ago: Violet flame (cocktail).
Three years ago: Stuffed baked avocados (Middle Eastern).
Ingredients (serves 2):
- 2 large white onions (500 g)
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 tablespoons finely ground breadcrumbs
- 15 g basil leaves (1/2 of a bunch)
- 15 g oregano leaves (1/2 of a bunch)
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove garlic
- salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Get the pearly white onions:
Chop off their ends, peel them and slice into 0.5 cm slices. Arrange them on a baking paper-lined tray:
Brush all of them with olive oil. Put them in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Meanwhile blend the breadcrumbs with the herbs and garlic and 1 tablespoon olive oil in a food processor.
Remove the onions from the oven and top them with a little of the herb mixture, salt and pepper.
Return to the oven for another 10 minutes. Take out, transfer to serving plates and dig in! :)