Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Goats Make Good Pizza...And You Don't Even Get Onion Breath From It

Yesterday, I put together one of the most deeeelicious lunches I've had all month; Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza. I've seen recipes for this all over the place, but have never made one. This isn't even an actual recipe, it's just a mish-mash of a few things we had in the house that I threw together for my version of a pizza.

I had a ball of dough and some goat cheese in the truck which I needed to use and my mother had the onions, garlic, bacon and jalapeño jelly. Score!

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza

1 16 oz. ball of frozen pizza dough
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 large onion, thinly sliced, rings separated
3 oz. of goat cheese
2 slices bacon, diced
¼ Fiji (or Gala or Pink Lady) Apple, very thinly sliced
Jalapeño jelly
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

1. Coat bottom of large heated frying pan with olive oil. Add garlic and onions, salt and pepper (to taste) and then sauté until soft and brown. The more you cook, the more the sugar from the onions will caramelize them. I like mine nice and brown, so I let them get a hair’s breadth away from burnt.

2. Remove the onion mixture from the pan and set aside. Put diced bacon pieces in frying pan and cook until crisp.

3. While the bacon is cooking, prepare your dough. I started to stretch my dough to fit a 12 x 15 baking sheet; keep stretching and pushing, using fingertips to tap out the dough. When it was the right size, I took it out of the pan, sprayed it with cooking spray just to make sure the dough wouldn’t stick, and then stretched my dough thinly over the rectangle surface, tapping around the edges with my fingers to make a crust. The edges will be a little thicker, making it easier to form a crust. When your bacon is crispy, take the frying pan off the heat and just set it aside until ready to use.

4. When the dough is all stretched out, take the jalapeño jelly and smear it all over the surface of the dough. I used a very thin layer, to give a little sweet and a little hot flavor to the pizza. Next, take the thinly sliced apples and cover the surface of the pizza evenly.

5. Once that’s done, distribute the caramelized onions across the dough, sprinkle on the crispy bacon pieces and drop crumbles (they don’t really crumble since it’s mushy) of goat cheese all over the pizza.

6. Pop the pan into a 450° degree oven and bake for 10-20 minutes or until brown and cheese is melted.
7. I served the pizza with a salad of mixed spring greens with chopped apple, pecan and tomato, tossed with Marie’s Caprese Dressing. I just happened to have that on hand, but if I didn’t, I would have just used my own balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil.

8. Enjoy!

See below for the recipe. Use the buttons at the bottom of the image to share or download.Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza

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Marlaina said...

I want to live in your truck. This looks better than yummy, it's food art. So simple, a little of this and little of that, time, attention, patience. I can taste it from Texas. We had Denny's yesterday, sandwiches today. I am hoping for real food this weekend, somewhere.

dixie said...

Salena2C you are amazing when it come to preparing and describing and presenting food dishes. Even without the pictures, your food makes my mouth water! I hope Eddie knows how fortunate he is to have his own personal chef..

ELH said...

I must say, from a "meat and taters" type guy, that looks real good and tasty, and probably good for you too...