Beet Hummus and Caramelized Onion Crostini

Beet Hummus and Caramelized Onion Crostini with feta - a super healthy and unique appetizer TheRoastedRoot.net #superfood #glutenfree @udisglutenfree

The crostini food group…

How familiar are you with it?

A fresh and tasty spread or sauce shmeared on top of crusty bread with flavor-blasted toppings to finish the whole experience with a swift kick to the palate? What’s not to love? Why not make a meal of it? Who here is as defenseless against crusty bread as I?

Because I’ve been riding the gluten-free train for a number of years, I accepted the fact that my crostini days were over many moons ago. But then I happened upon Udi’s Gluten-Free‘s Crispy & Delicious French Baguettes, and I about jumped out of my boots Wylie Coyote-style whilst visions of crostini danced in my head. I want to make them aaaall!

Have you seen these nifty hunks of bread lovin’?? They come frozen and you simply pop them in the oven, slice them up, then top them with your favorite crostini toppers. The bread becomes super crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, just the way a delicious baguette should be – you’d never miss the regular baguette, I promise!

Beet Hummus and Caramelized Onion Crostini with feta - a super healthy and unique appetizer TheRoastedRoot.net #superfood #glutenfree @udisglutenfree

This recipe basically encompasses my idea of the perfect crostini: spunky, creamy superfood beet hummus,  super flavorful-buttery caramelized onions with tangy feta cheese on top – a trifecta of bliss! So many flavors, textures, and a great way to begin a nice meal . If you really want to be a go-getter, you can roast some garlic and smear them on the bread along with the hummus.

Speaking of the beet hummus…have you ever done such a thing? Basically, you take your classic hummus recipe and add roasted beets to it for a naturally sweet and down-to-earth piece of hummus flair. It’s just the right amount of beet-iness, and I’m willing to bet even the kidlets will enjoy it on their sammies and crackers.

Psst! You can also use my roasted beet pesto for this crostini!

Beet Hummus and Caramelized Onion Crostini with feta - a super healthy and unique appetizer TheRoastedRoot.net #superfood #glutenfree @udisglutenfree

Since there are multiple components to this recipe, you can prepare it in parts. The beet hummus can be made days in advance, and the caramelized onions can be prepared a day ahead of time. When you’re ready to serve, simply pop the prepared crostini in a preheated oven for 8 to 10 minutes to serve the appetizer warm.

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Beet Hummus and Caramelized Onion Crostini with feta - a super healthy and unique appetizer TheRoastedRoot.net #superfood #glutenfree @udisglutenfree

Beet Hummus and Caramelized Onion Crostini

Author: Julia
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Ingredients

For the Crostini:

  • 1 Udi's Gluten-Free French Baguette sliced into thick rounds and toasted
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • Beet hummus recipe below
  • Caramelized onions recipe below

Caramelized Onions:

For the beet hummus:

  • 1 ounce can garbanzo beans drained and rinsed, 14-
  • 2 small beets roasted and chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup tahini
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper optional
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt to taste
  • ¼ cup olive oil

Instructions

Prepare the Caramelized Onions:

  1. Add the olive oil to a large non-stick skillet, along with the sliced onions and sea salt. Heat over medium-high and saute, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to sweat and begin turning translucent, about 5 minutes.
  2. Reduce the heat to medium and continue sauteeing, stirring occasionally, until onions begin to brown, about 15 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until onions are deeply browned and caramelized, about 25 to 30 minutes more. Note: If onions begin to stick to the pan at any point, you can de-glaze with a few tablespoons of water (or beer or wine). Add the Italian seasoning and set aside until ready to use.

Make the beet hummus:

  1. While the onions are caramelizing, prepare the beet hummus. To do so, add all of the ingredients except for the oil to a food processor. Process until mostly smooth. In a steady stream with the food processor on, slowly add the olive oil through the whole in the top of the food processor. Continue blending until completely smooth. Taste beet hummus for flavor. Add more lemon juice, spices, and/or sea salt to taste.

Prepare the Crostini:

  1. Smear desired amount of beet hummus on top of thick toasted pieces of baguette. Top with caramelized onions and feta, and serve! Note: if desired, place prepared crostini on a baking sheet and bake for 8 to 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven, until warm.

Beet Hummus and Caramelized Onion Crostini with feta - a super healthy and unique appetizer TheRoastedRoot.net #superfood #glutenfree @udisglutenfree

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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi’s Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.

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  1. Annie

    We are gluten free too and I looooove the udi’s baguettes! They make great fancy breakfast sandwiches too! I love the idea of these crostinis! It sounds amazing!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Yuuuuhs! I’m so happy to hear you’ve tried the baguettes! I love that there are so many gf options now. Have you tried Udi’s cinnamon raisin bagels? Divine!

      Reply
  2. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    Gluten-free baguettes? What is this sorcery?! Kuddos to Udi’s for that amazingness. And kuddos to you for this delicious crostini creation. I love beet hummus (it’s super purdy) and combining it with caramelized onions and feta on a crusty baguette sounds magical. Will you make me this for Valentine’s Day? I’ll bring the wine and the chocolate. 😉

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    1. Julia Post author

      Riiiight?! You must try Udi’s baguette – it truly is marv! Yes to all of the beet hummus crostinis + wine + chocolate…I’m game any ol’ day, sista!

      Reply
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