The year was 1999 and The Husband and I were a semi-newly-minted couple and the proud owners of our very first grill. We had scarcely ventured out of our hamburger and hot dog rotation when a recipe caught my eye in an issue of Good Housekeeping magazine. Grilled Pitas with Caramelized Onions and Goat Cheese. The fact that my mouth was watering at the mere mention of it was a good sign. A very good sign indeed.
Although I loved to cook back then as much as I do now, we hadn’t yet gotten very adventurous on the grill, and this recipe seemed like a perfect, albeit easy, way to dive right in. I mean, really, who doesn’t love caramelized onions? In addition to spreading our wings a bit on the grill, this was actually my first time trying goat cheese as well. If you’ve never had it, I think it’s a bit of an acquired taste. Creamy with a slight tang, you either love it or you hate it. I happened to fall in love.
A simple recipe, the only time-consuming part is caramelizing the onions, but since it needs so little hands-on attention, I usually use that time to set off on another part of the menu while it’s doing its thing. If you want to try something a little different, something that is eyes-rolling-back-in-your-head good, give this recipe a whirl. The sweet caramelized onions paired with the creaminess of the goat cheese atop a crispy pita … well, you really can’t go wrong, and the beauty is in its simplicity. The fact that we’ve been making these for nine years now really says it all, and it’s a perfect, unique way to enjoy grilling season. Dig in.