Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

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OnionGoatCheesePizza3 One of my newest favorite foods, are caramelized onions.  I don’t know why they have suddenly jumped into the spotlight in my world.  But caramelized onions are officially awesome!  I’ve been cooking up so many batches that Dario is complaining the “air” in our apartment is making his eyes water and he can’t escape it.  Oh well!  The rewards for a few minutes (or a bit longer these days) of crying is totally worth the deliciously sweet and deep flavor of these onions.  And since I have now have an entire Tupperware (and a big one) full of these delicious onions, I’ve had to come up with tons of recipes to use them.  Mixed in with scrambled eggs for breakfast, tossed into our lentil salad at lunch, and now mounded on this mouth-watering pizza!
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I really want you to make this pizza.  Like…really, really, really want you to make this pizza.  It’s that good!  And ridiculously easy to make at home!  Plus, it tastes a thousand times better than any pizza a delivery guy could drop off.  And to be honest…who actually loves those greasy overly soft and doughy pizzas??  They are far from exciting.  But homemade, thin crust pizza?  With fresh and recognizable toppings?  Now that’s pretty darn exciting.

In addition to mounds of sweet caramelized onions, this pizza features tangy goat cheese, a few tomatoes and kalamata olives…all stars of a this awesome dish.  If you’re not a fan of those toppings, you can totally customize it to your personal favorites.  But I highly suggest and recommend the caramelized onions…and the goat cheese.  At least get those two on there, and you’ll definitely have a great pizza.  Also, feel free to use whatever type of pizza dough you want – store-bought or homemade.  I usually have a ball stuck in the freezer for a quick Friday night pizza!  Makes life a bit easier.

I hope you enjoy this recipe – I really think you will.

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza:

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb pizza dough (at room temp and rested – makes it easier to roll out)
  • 2 large onions, or 3 small thinly sliced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1/2 tsp salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup halved kalamata olives
  • 1/3 cup crumbled goat cheese
  • 1/2 sliced cherry tomatoes (get about 3 slices from each tomato)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 tbsp good quality extra virgin olive oil (optional)

Instructions:

  1. In a large heavy bottom saute pan, add olive oil and heat over medium.  Add onions, salt, pepper and thyme – stir to combine.
  2. Cook onions on medium for about 40 minutes or until cooked down and deep caramel color.  Set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 450F.
  4. Roll out pizza dough to desired thinness – I generally do 1/4″.
  5. Evenly spread out the caramelized onions over dough.  Sprinkle on goat cheese, tomatoes and kalamata olive evenly over pizza.
  6. Transfer pizza directly to pizza stone or a lightly oiled sheet pan.  Bake for about 12 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is golden brown on the edges.
  7. If you like, drizzle an addition 2-3 tbsp of good quality olive oil over the top.  Slice and serve immediately!

You tell me!  If you made this pizza, how delicious were those caramelized onions?  What are you favorite pizza toppings?  Do you like individual sized pizzas or a big one to share with friends and family?

 

3 Comments

  1. The Candid RD

    March 18, 2013 at 7:41 am

    I agree, caramelized onions are delicious (actually I would argue that caramelized ANYTHING is tasty! Your pizza sounds fantastic.

    • mewinebrenner

      March 24, 2013 at 8:22 pm

      It was so good! Now I’m sad we finished it off and there are no left overs for lunch!

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