Thursday, July 14, 2011

Pizza Pizza

If you've been around for any amount of time at all, you've probably noticed I love pizza. Thin-crust pizza, deep dish pizza, flat bread pizza, pizza bread. You name it, I'll eat it.




Lately, we've been making a lot of pizza at home. Okay, we always make a lot of pizza at home. Especially now that I discovered you can buy blobs of frozen pizza dough at Meijer for about a dollar. Or the pre-baked ones for just a bit more. 


I've been trying to get more adventurous with toppings - forgoing the usual tomato sauce for garlic sauce, adding spinach or sun-dried tomatoes, different cheeses.


This pizza originated when I was talking to a good friend on the phone, and she was telling me all about this caramelized onion & fig pizza. I've never even had figs before, and it sounded delicious. Too bad nobody here in the Bean Town eats figs either, because I couldn't find them anywhere.



Onto plan B. I saw a recipe for Peach & Gorgonzola Pizza and decided to incorporate the two recipes together. I also added some chopped ham and fresh basil.




It was delicious. The sweet caramelized onions and juicy peaches went perfectly with the tangy gorgonzola and salty ham. If you like sweet & savory together, you'll like this.. The only thing I'd do different next time is use bacon instead of ham. Because bacon makes everything better.


Question: What's your favorite pizza, hands-down? It can be restaurant or homemade.


Mine is Cheesecake Factory's BBQ Chicken Pizza. I always say I will order something different when we go, but I always get the pizza. Every time!




Caramelized Onion, Peach, & Gorgonzola Pizza


  • 1 prepared pizza crust 
  • 1 sweet onion, sliced
  • tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 fresh peach, thinly sliced
  •  cup chopped ham or cooked bacon
  • ¾ cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chiffonade

Method

Preheat oven to 425*F. Prepare pizza dough according to your recipe or package directions.

Saute onion in 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium heat until golden brown and caramelized, about 10-12 minutes. Set aside.

To prepare pizza, brush remaining 1 tbsp. olive oil over dough. Top evenly with mozzarella cheese. Top with onions and peaches. Add chopped ham or crumbled bacon. Top with gorgonzola cheese.

Bake according to recipe or package directions. When done sprinkle fresh basil over the top. Slice and enjoy!

7 comments:

akdimiele said...

Yum! Too bad my hubby hates all strong cheeses, like gorgonzola, goat, etc. (so, in other words, the really good ones). Maybe I'll make us personal pizzas sometime, and he can have something boring while I chow down on this ;)

Anyway! I normally don't comment, but now that I know you're a great pizza lover too, I had to share the most-amazing pizza recipe ever! It's a Mexican pizza, with seasoned black bean puree for sauce, topped with pepper jack and mozzarella, tomato, onion, and corn. I never thought I'd have a favorite pizza because they're all so good, but when you asked, this one immediately came to mind :) Here's a link! http://www.healthyfoodforliving.com/?p=19954

Also, I make homemade pizza dough (super easy with a KitchenAid), and here's that recipe: http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/001506.html

If you cut this dough in half, you have enough for one medium - large pizza (depending on the thickness of the crust). I was out of white whole wheat when I first made it, and just did a whole wheat/all-purpose mix (about 2/3 wheat, 1/3 app), and it turned out great!

the Rosones said...

Lately, I've been making chicken alfredo pizza quite often! I just season the chicken with lots of Italian seasoning and cook it on the stovetop with some olive oil. Top my pizza crust with alfredo sauce, mozzarella cheese and the chicken before throwing it in the oven. SO good.

Sara said...

@Amanda--that pizza looks fab! going on my 'to try' list immediately

@Tressa--that sounds divine... perhaps add bacon, too? ;)

Alissa said...

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/Greek-Pizzas-3 This is not my favorite pizza of all time, but it is the first pizza I will be making when we get back to the States. I love/miss feta cheese SO much. I think made the above pizza like once a week last summer.

My favorite pizza is probably Chicago style deep dish pizza. Spinach and chesse! So good!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Love this idea! In georgia there are peaches everywhere right now so why not put them on a pizza? May try this tonight, I was hoping for pizza anyway!
:)

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