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Small pieces of crusty bread topped with goat cheese and caramelized onions, all held together with a toothpick.

Goat Cheese and Caramelized Onion Pintxo - A Quick and Easy Basque Classic!

This goat cheese and caramelized onion pintxo is a quick and easy appetizer perfect for when you need to impress guests in a hurry! It's a San Sebastian pintxo bar classic, and is sure to go down well.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 128.31kcal
Author: David Pope


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion thinly sliced
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon sherry vinegar balsamic works, too
  • 12 slices of French baguette 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 packet 4 oz of chevre goat cheese
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary optional
  • Toothpicks/skewers optional


  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. When heated through, stir in the onions and cook, stirring frequently, for 10 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the salt, sugar, and vinegar. Cook for about 30 minutes, stirring every 4-5 minutes, or until the onions are a deep, dark brown and taste sweet and soft. If you are going to leave the onions to caramelize while you do other things, leave a splash of water in the pan so they don't burn. Leave to cool for at least 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, heat the oven to 325°F (160°C). Spread the baguette slices on a baking tray and bake for 6-8 minutes or until lightly toasted.
  • To prepare the pintxos, top each slice of bread with a heaped teaspoon of onion and a heaped teaspoon or large slice (depending on the type) of goat cheese. Garnish with a few rosemary leaves and serve at room temperature.


Calories: 128.31kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.97g | Protein: 3.78g | Fat: 2.72g | Saturated Fat: 0.6g | Sodium: 199.19mg | Potassium: 167.65mg | Fiber: 5.11g | Sugar: 1.53g | Vitamin A: 165.96IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 180.12mg | Iron: 4.49mg
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