Sunday, March 15, 2009

Carmelized Onion, Goat Cheese & Artichoke Pizza

Carmelized Onion & Fennel Pizza with Goat Cheese & Artichoke Spread

I don't know what my problem is but I just have not been in the St. Patty's Day mood. Normally, I would be cooking up some Irish Soda Bread or drinking Guinness or something. But no, I'm interested in pizza, healthy pizza. For these pizzas, use the recipe for Pizza Dough.

Click here for Pizza Dough recipe.
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Place a baking-stone with some cornmeal dusted on it, and heat it in the oven. Note: This recipe only covers 1 small 8" pizza so the entire pizza dough this recipe should be tripled.

Carmelized Onions and Fennel

1/4 of a Fennel Bulb thinly sliced
1/4 of a medium yellow onion sliced
1/4 of a medium red onion sliced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

In a wide medium saute pan heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and saute until they start to brown, stirring constantly, then lower the heat and cover, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper. They should cook for about 8 more minutes or until they are turning brown, then remove from heat. Taste and season with salt and pepper if necessary.

Goat Cheese Artichoke Spread
2 oz. Haystack Mountain Goat Cheese
2 Tablespoons chopped sun-sundried tomatoes in oil
1/3 cup marinated artichoke hearts, drained
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
Salt and Pepper to taste

Add the tomatoes, artichokes to the goat cheese with the salt and pepper and thyme. Combine until spread is uniform.

Spread over prepared pizza dough. Dollop the spread and move it around to cover entire dough. Scrape carmelized onions and fennel over the entire pizza.

Place pizza on warmed baking stone and return to over, bake 11 - 12 minutes. Let sit for 2 minutes then cut and enjoy!

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