This is the best appetizer in all the land. It combines 3 of my most favorite things; garlic, caramelized onions and balsamic vinegar. The recipe comes from Guy Fieri and used to be served at his Johnny Garlic restaurants, but it’s been taken off the menu. So, now I have to make my own.
*Naptime tip: Chop onions and peel garlic one day, then cook and assemble the next. You can even freeze a finished stack to grill later!
(Slightly adapted from Guy Fieri/Food Network)
3/4 cup roasted garlic
2/3 cup canola oil
4 cups small-diced red onion (about 2 pounds)
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons grated Parmesan
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp. dried thyme (or 1 Tbs. fresh thyme or sage)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Twelve 8-inch flour tortillas
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Add the garlic to a skillet over low heat with a little olive oil and cook until the garlic is soft and squishy.
Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium heat, heat the canola oil. Add the onions and cook until lightly browned but not overly dark, about 5 minutes, stirring regularly. Add the butter and sugar and cook until the onions have thoroughly browned, 20 to 25 minutes.
Add the roasted garlic, Parmesan, mayonnaise, cilantro and salt and pepper to taste. Remove from the heat and transfer to a medium bowl. Blitz with a stick blender until you have a smooth paste. Cover and refrigerate until cool, about an hour.
Reserve one-third of the mixture in the refrigerator to use to make the dipping sauce. Evenly spread a thin layer of the remaining mixture on the top of 11 of the tortillas. (Spread, stack, spread, stack, etc.) Stack the tortillas on top of one another and top with the 12th tortilla. Wrap the tortilla stack in plastic wrap, weighted down with a plate and refrigerate overnight to set up. (Or weight and freeze for later use.)
Preheat a grill to medium. Cut the stack into 16 wedges. Thoroughly oil the grill grates! Using tongs, grill each wedge on the cut sides until it’s warmed and grill marks appear. Don’t leave on the grill too long, or stack will fall apart!
Mix the reserved onion mixture with the balsamic vinegar to make a dipping sauce; season to taste. Serve the wedges with the dipping sauce.