Posts tagged ‘pizza’

May 31, 2011

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

Growing up, ordering take out was a rarity. Chinese or subs would be ordered in a bind but my dad has the amazing ability to turn the contents of a seemingly barren fridge into a delicious meal. In his mind, putting together a pizza is easy enough to do on a Friday night but also delicious enough to serve when friends visit.

Homemade pizza always tastes better than take-out if you use the right dough and is absolutely healthier! Pizza gets a bad rap as a fat-laden, carb trap. With whole grain dough, well-chosen cheese, and lots of fresh veggies, it is a meal that I eat nearly once a week.

This is a combo I tried the other night and I will absolutely make it again. I intended to make a white pizza but at the last moment had a hankering for tomatoes. I spooned sauce around the crust (I may have lifted a few pieces of mozzarella to slip some tomato underneath ;)) and it was such a good last minute decision!

Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

Ingredients:

  • 1 whole grain pizza dough (Trader Joe’s 100% whole wheat is delicious)
  • 4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese (or about 1/2 cup shredded)
  • 4 oz soft goat cheese
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 350*.
  • Roll out the dough and place onto a lightly greased baking sheet. Tap the entire surface lightly with a fork. Bake for 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, preheat a large pan over medium heat and add about a teaspoon of olive oil. Add the sliced onions and allow to slowly caramelize (about 12 minutes).
  • Remove the dough from the oven. Spread the sauce over the dough and add the caramelized onions. Next add the mozzarella and crumble the goat cheese on top.
  • Bake for another 15 minutes or until the mozzarella has fully melted and browned slightly.

May 1, 2011

Saturday Night Family Dinner

Mini sun dried tomato and artichoke on the left, pineapple and andouille chicken sausage on the right.

My roommates and I needed to do some serious carbo loading before tomorrow (one is in her first bike race, the other and I are doing the Walk for Hunger – 20 miles!). We decided a pizza night would be a perfect excuse to invite a longtime friend over (and also have a cocktail or two…).

Making the vinaigrette!

This was SUCH a good salad. Baby spinach, yellow and red bell pepper, cucumbers, avocado, and strawberries. I tossed it with a really basic vinaigrette.

Honey Mustard Vinaigrette

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • sprinkle kosher salt
  • few cracks of fresh black pepper

Shake it all together and pour a bit on the salad. Keep the rest refrigerated in a closed container it should keep for weeks!

I started with 2 slices – 1 of each variety – and a big serving of salad. The flavors on the pineapple were out of control – the sausage was spicy and the pineapple gave the perfect sweet finish. I loved the texture of the sundried tomato and artichoke pizza, much more, because the dough stayed much chewier.

I haven’t made pizza in several weeks because our stone mysteriously cracked in the oven one evening (I’m blaming it on the ghost) but the baking sheet method worked pretty well! A 425* oven for 20 minutes made for a very tasty dinner.

We split a slice of leftover brownie sundae cheesecake (and a handful or two of mini cadbury eggs =)) for dessert.

Our friend brought over the fixings for a LIFE CHANGING cocktail. I begged her to write a guest post about this fabulous drink but you’ll have to wait until tomorrow before we reveal any secrets.

Very early alarm tomorrow for the walk. I’m sure I’ll have a lot to say about it…my memories from last year are much too vivid! Goodnight!