We always have onions on hand; they’re versatile, inexpensive, and very flavorful. This is my go-to crostini. The onions become soft and sweet, so I add in a little smoky cumin and a spice from the red pepper flakes. The thyme, although dried, gives it a sense of freshness. It’s really great and no fuss.

1 baguette

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

4 large sweet onions

2 garlic cloves (minced)

1 tablespoon butter

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Pinch of dried thyme

Pinch of red pepper flakes

Pinch of cumin

Salt and pepper to taste

Parmesan shavings (optional)

Take the baguette and cut diagonally into slices. Drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the oil and bake in an oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for around 8 minutes (or until golden).

Peel and thinly slice the onions.

In a skillet over low heat, add the last tablespoon of oil and butter. Put in the onion slices, garlic, thyme, red pepper flakes, cumin, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and cover. Allow this to cook on low heat for 20-25 minutes, or until the onions are brownish and caramelized.

Top the slices of baguette with a teaspoon of the caramelized onions.

Garnish with a parmesan shaving.

Serve and enjoy!