Some dishes just stay with you long after you enjoy them… dishes that you have to have whenever you go back to said restaurant… that you carve on really bad days… that you’d have to eat again before you die.
I have a handful of these dishes – Momofuku pork buns, Babbo’s pasta tasting menu in its entirety, Maison Kayser’s almond croissants, Professor Thom’s Nachos, and Founding Farmer’s Brie, Apple and Onion Jam Crostini.
Founding Farmer’s is a local chain restaurant in Maryland that I often frequent whenever I visit my family back home. It specializes in American cuisine using quality and natural ingredients with a nod to the American farmer. *Their fried green tomatoes would also be on my beloved dishes list!
And their Brie, apple, and onion jam crostini is just amazing. The flavors work so well together. The Brie is slightly melted and gooey. The apple is tart and crunchy. And man, oh man, that onion jam is out of this world. I can’t even adequately describe this dish! It’s by no means revolutionary, but it’s always a go to appetizer when I eat here.
It’s a dish I just had to replicate at home, miles away from any Founding Farmers location. I mean, I dream of this onion jam for goodness sake.
For this you’ll need: onion jam (recipe follows), 1 green apple, thinly sliced; sliced Brie; and a baguette.
The onion jam is ridiculously easy to make. It goes amazingly with these ingredients, but would also be a great accompaniment to chicken or fish!
Thinly slice 1 yellow onion and sauté over low heat with a little vegetable oil and sugar. Stir occasionally and let those onions caramelize. After about 25 minutes, they should be a nice golden brown. I added a splash of balsamic vinegar and a sprinkling of pectin, which thickened them into a nice jam!
It’s as easy and simple as that! Spoon your onion jam atop your apple and brie slices and dig in! You can thank me later!