Balsamic Onion Stacks
                10-06-2006

MAKES 4 SERVINGS
PREP: 15 MIN., CHILL: 8 HRS.,
GRILL: 7 MIN

  • 8 (1/2-inch-thick) sweet onion slices (about 3 onions)
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 (8-ounce) package fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into 4 (1/2-inch-thick) rounds
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves
  • 4 (1/2-inch-thick) fresh tomato slices (about 2 tomatoes)
  • Garnish: fresh basil sprigs

ARRANGE
onion slices in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Stir together vinegar and next
4 ingredients. Pour over onion slices. Cover and chill 8 hours, turning once. Remove onions
from dressing with a slotted spatula, reserving dressing. Grill onion slices, covered with grill lid,
over medium-high heat (350 degrees to 400 degrees) 2 minutes on each side or until
crisp-tender and golden. Layer half the grilled onion slices each with 1 cheese round,
2 basil leaves, and on tomato slice; top with remaining half onion slice. Grill onion stacks,
covered with grill lid, over medium-high heat for 3 minutes or until cheese melts. Serve onion
stacks with reserved dressing. Garnish, if desired.