Caramelized Onion Bacon Cheesecake Bites is a sweet and savory holiday appetizer recipe made with caramelized balsamic onions. Each mini appetizer phyllo cup is filled with a savory cheesecake filling topped with brown sugar balsamic onions and crispy bacon bits.
Add the sliced onions to the skillet and sauté for 5 minutes on medium heat to soften.
Add the brown sugar and Balsamic Vinegar to the skillet.
Sauté uncovered, occasionally stirring for about 8 minutes or until the onions are translucent and reduced in size by half.
Reduce the heat to low and slowly sauté the onions until golden brown and caramelized. The sauce will have thickened and will cling to the onions. This can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 30 minutes or longer. Do not overcook.
When the onions have caramelized remove pan from heat and allow to cool.
Refrigerate in an airtight container if making the appetizers the next day.
Directions to Make Caramelized Onion Bacon Cheesecake Bites
Beat the cream cheese, egg, salt, and pepper on high until thick and creamy, about 2 minutes.
Stir in 6 tablespoons of the balsamic caramelized onions and 2 tablespoons of the chopped bacon.
Using a small spoon or a frosting decorator bag fill each Phyllo cup with the cream cheese filling.
Bake in a preheated 350 F. degrees oven for 12-15 minutes or until the filling is set.
Remove from oven and allow to cool slightly. Top each baked Phyllo cup with ¼ teaspoon of the remaining chopped balsamic caramelized onion.
Top each appetizer with a sprinkling of the remaining finely chopped bacon.
The caramelized onions can be made the day before making and serving the appetizers.