Monday, December 27, 2010

Nolio Bread

Christmas is over and 2011 is upon us.  This week I'm going to be posting some easy and delicious appetizers that would be perfect for a New Year's Eve bash! They can all be done with the majority of the prepping ahead of time so you will have time to party as well as serve some tasty treats.

Nolio Bread

This is a quick off shoot of the Nolio Pizza that most people would know about if they ever ordered pizza at Bertucci's!  

There used to be a Bertucci's close to where I work so it would be one of those places you'd hit for lunch if you were in a rush, it was rainy or if you were just craving some delicious pizza. When we would have work lunches at Bertucci's we always ordered a Nolio.  How could you go wrong?  Nolio consisted of a brick oven crust with a creamy lemon white sauce, caramelized onions and crispy prosciutto

Shortly after trying Nolio for the fist time I remember searching for a recipe online.  Sure enough I found one and it was pretty easy.  It was years ago so I can't give proper credit to the originator of the recipe, but I do thank you wherever you are.  

I've made this recipe using pizza dough as my base but I thought it would be a quick and easy appetizer for a party or even a side dish if we switched out the pizza dough with some submarine rolls. I bet this would taste great on a large french loaf as well. You could probably use whatever bread you like! 

2 large onions, sliced
1/4 C. brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
1 C. heavy cream
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 Tsp. black pepper
3 oz. prosciutto
1 1/4 C. shredded cheese (Italian Blend)
3 large soft sub rolls
Olive oil

Slice onions into thin rings. Melt 1/2 stick of butter in a frying pan.  Add onions to the pan and let cook over medium heat until onions are soft and start to become a caramel color. Add 1/4 C. of brown sugar to the onions, stir and let cook until the sugar melts into the onions (about 5 mins)

In a separate sauce pan, boil heavy cream until thickened. Add the juice from a 1/2 of lemon and the black pepper. 

Prepare a cookie sheet by spraying with non-stick spray or drizzling a little olive oil on the bottom of the pan. Slice the sub rolls in half length wise and prepare for toppings.

Start by spooning the cream mix on the bread.  Make sure to cover all of the rolls evenly. Spread any excess where needed. 

After the bread is covered with the cream mixture.  Sprinkle the cheese evenly across the bread. 

Top with the Prosciutto.  I bought packed Prosciutto and it covered all three loaves.  If you would like to add more you can easily double up.  Just be sure to add extra when you are at the deli!

Finally top the Prosciutto with the caramelized onions.  Make sure each piece of bread has a taste of all the toppings.  Sprinkle with some black pepper and a drizzle of olive oil (just a drizzle)

Pop in the oven at 350 and bake for 20 min.  After 20 min put the tray under the broiler  to toast some of the toppings.  Keep an eye on the bread so it doesn't burn. It shouldn't take any longer than 5 min.

Take out of the oven and let rest about 5 min.  Slice and serve!  You won't be sorry these are really yummy!

I caramelized the onions a day before I put these together.  I also prepped the cream/lemon sauce.  If you do your prep work a day or two before putting this recipe together it is quick and easy!

Slice the bread..right down the middle.

Spoon the cream/lemon mix evenly among the 6 pieces of bread.

Sprinkle cheese over the top of the cream/lemon mix.  Spread evenly.

Yum. Now it's time to add some tasty prosciutto. Make sure each piece of bread will get some prosciutto when sliced.  We don't want anyone to miss out on the prosciutto!

Same deal with the caramelized onions. Distribute evenly.

**News Break** This is my awesome new pizza cutter. I used it to cut the bread into slices. When I see it all I can think of is the scene from Crocodile Dundee when Dundee says, "That's not a knife, this is a knife!"  Now back to regularly scheduled programing ;)

Melty, creamy, crispy goodness on a plate.


I think these guys are ready to go to a party!


The Small Boston Kitchen said...

This just sounds delicious! I don't think I could ever make it because it's just the type of thing that I could eat the whole thing in an entire sitting!

tastytablespoons said...

Thanks. It's so true. It has a little of everything, salty, sweet, crunchy, cheesy. Make it for friends they can help you finish it up!

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