Goat Cheese Caramelized Onion Pizza

Sometimes, meals are carefully planned. Other times, it’s pure serendipity. I spotted goat cheese on sale at the market and grabbed some. When I got home, I remembered I had some leftover pizza dough in the fridge. I decided to put them together and make a goat cheese caramelized onion pizza.

You can approach this recipe two different ways.  If you make the crust yourself (not hard, but it does take time), it’s a weekend meal. Buy the crust pre-made (you can get it at grocery stores or even your local pizzeria), and it’s a 30 minute meal. So, dinner in half an hour!

I made my own crust (following Smitten Kitchen’s easy recipe), but if you’re in a rush, you don’t have to. By the way, she says to roll out the crust, but I find it works better if I just place it on the baking sheet and gently press outward from the center with my fingers. 

If you do make the dough, it makes enough for one generous dinner serving, or two lunch servings.  It will keep in the fridge for several days, so you don’t have to eat it all at once.  Take it out and let the dough come to room temperature before you start working with it.




Cooking, of course,  is often a process of taking what you already know about food and flavors, doing a bit of research (in cookbooks or online) and combining bits of ideas and techniques.  I often find myself taking bits and pieces from two or three recipes and putting them back together in different ways.

In this case, I started with the pizza crust recipe I already had. Then I added the goat cheese. I took the caramelized onions and the bell pepper from one recipe, the spinach from a second, and the garlic oil from a third.   You can always mix and match to suit your own taste, or the ingredients you have on hand (see more in the Substitutions and Variations section).

Also, I don’t normally post “in progress” photos, but the pizza looked so good I couldn’t resist!

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Goat Cheese Caramelized Onion Pizza

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: entree

Cuisine: Italian

one serving

Goat Cheese Caramelized Onion Pizza

With a pre-bought crust, this is dinner in thirty minutes. Just a bit of chopping and cooking the onions.

Ingredients

  • Pizza crust (either pre-made or purchased).
  • 4 T olive oil (divided)
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 small onion. sliced
  • 1/4 C sliced red bell pepper
  • 1/4 C goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/2 C fresh spinach
  • 1-2 tsp semolina or cream of wheat

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven as high as it will go.
  2. Mix half the olive oil and the chopped garlic together in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Heat the remaining olive oil in a saucepan. Cook the onions on low heat, until they soften and caramelize, about 15 minutes. Add the bell pepper, cook stirring for thirty seconds or so. Then add the spinach for another 30 seconds.
  4. Sprinkle the semolina on a pizza stone (if you have one), or a baking sheet. This will help keep the dough from sticking.
  5. Put the pizza dough on the baking sheet. Using your fingers, push the dough out from the center, to form a circle.
  6. Brush about half the garlic/oil mixture over the crust.
  7. Add the cooked vegetables and the goat cheese. Brush the remaining garlic/oil mixture over the top.
  8. Bake for 10 minutes.

Notes

The pre-made dough in the store is usually enough for two, so use half.

Substitutions and Variations for Goat Cheese Caramelized Onion Pizza

  • Use roasted red peppers instead of fresh
  • Try a splash of balsamic vinegar
  • Add sliced mushrooms and basil
  • Substitute arugula for the spinach
  • Toss in some sun-dried tomatoes

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White Pizza Recipe Without Ricotta

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White Pizza Recipe Without Ricotta

The usual standard for white pizza is to use ricotta cheese. While I do like ricotta (heck I like nearly every cheese), I don’t usually have it in my fridge.  So, I switched cheeses and used mozzarella instead.  The nice thing about this recipe (or nearly any pizza recipe) it’s flexible and you can change it to suit your tastes or whatever ingredients you have at hand.

In this case, I used caramelized onions (because I always have onions), sun dried tomatoes (because I still have that huge jar to use up), and some fresh basil.

My original plan was to make the dough myself, but I was tired so I bought pre-made dough at the store. If you have more time and energy, smitten kitchen has a great pizza dough recipe for one.




Once the dough is ready (or bought), all you have to do is cook the onions, soak the tomatoes, and cut up the cheese. If you’re really pressed for time (or feeling lazy) use the pre-shredded mozzarella.  I recommend you get the fresh if possible though; it tastes much better.

White Pizza Recipe Without Ricotta

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Category: entree

Cuisine: Italian

one serving

White Pizza Recipe Without Ricotta

This personal white pizza is made without ricotta, but does have fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, and sun-dried tomatoes.

Ingredients

  • Store bought or homemade pizza dough
  • 4-5 sun dried tomatoes
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 1/4 C chopped onions
  • 1/4C grated fresh mozzarella
  • 1 T olive oil
  • fresh basil leaves

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Run some hot water (not boiling, just hot) and soak the sun dried tomatoes for about 15 minutes.
  3. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the onions, and cook slowly, until caramelized.
  4. Grate the mozzarella cheese.
  5. Drain the tomatoes.
  6. If you bought your dough, cut it in half. Set the other half aside and use another day.
  7. Press the air out of the dough and push it out into a rough circle.
  8. Sprinkle the cheese over the dough, and add the onions and tomatoes.
  9. Drizzle with more olive oil.
  10. Sprinkle a flat sheet pan (or pizza stone if you have one) with cornmeal (so it doesn't stick).
  11. Put into the oven and bake for 15 minutes until the crust is brown and bubbly.
  12. Top with fresh basil leaves.

Substitutions and Variations for Pizza Without Ricotta

Of course, there are almost as many possibilities for this as there are ingredients.

  • Use a mixture of mozzarella and goat cheese
  • Add mushrooms and/or eggplant to the onions
  • Saute some spinach after the onions are done and add that to the pizza
  • Add some garlic
  • Sprinkle some parmesan or manchego on top

More Italian and Pizza Recipes

Pasta alla Norma with Eggplant

Pistachio Pesto Pasta Recipe

Goat Cheese Caramelized Onion Pizza

Homemade Tortilla Crust Pizza

Tools and Ingredients for White Pizza Without Ricotta


Oxo Box Grater

As much as I love my zester, there are times when only an old-fashioned box grater will do the job. The zester grates far too finely for this purpose. This box grater is from Oxo, so it’s easy to hold. It even comes with a little container to catch all the grated cheese (so it doesn’t get all over your counter). The container (and its lid) all fit inside the grater, to take up less space in your kitchen. Or, you can use the closed container to store any leftovers until the next time.


Trasder Joe’s Sun Dried Tomatoes

Soft, moist and delicious. Use this for this pizza recipe, for pasta with sun dried tomatoes and feta, stuff them into chicken, or make them with pasta in a cream sauce.




Homemade Tortilla Crust Pizza

I wanted homemade pizza one day and was feeling too lazy (and too hungry) to take the time to make dough and wait for yeast to rise.  Usually, I’d use pita bread for this, but I didn’t have any.  I didn’t have any of the usual substitutes either, (not even an English muffin). Necessity being the mother of invention, I decided to create another “base” for my pizza.

It turned out that a homemade tortilla made a perfect crust for my pizza.  I didn’t roll it out that much, but left it fairly thick (so it would be more like pita bread).

And, while I was low on pizza base substitutes, I did have sausage, fresh eggplant, and plenty of tomato sauce.

I made a quick tortilla crust, chopped  up the veggies, put it all together, and baked it.  It made a great, fairly easy lunch.




Homemade Tortilla Crust Pizza

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Category: lunch

Cuisine: American

one serving

Homemade Tortilla Crust Pizza

homemade tortilla crust pizza for one

Ingredients

    Crust
  • 1 C flour
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/4 C water
    Pizza Topping
  • 1 chicken sausage
  • 2T tomato sauce
  • 2-3 slices mozzarella
  • 1/4 red pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 C eggplant, sliced

Instructions

  1. Start by making the tortilla for your pizza crust.
  2. Mix dry ingredients in a small bowl. Add the water, and stir until the mixture comes together into a ball. and sticks together. Add more water if it's too dry, or more flour if it gets too sticky.
  3. Sprinkle flour on your counter, place the tortilla ball on top. Roll out the dough with a rolling pin.
  4. Take your tortilla crust, and pop it in the toaster oven on light toast.
  5. While the crust is toasting, heat some olive oil in a frying pan. Add the eggplant and then the sausage.
  6. Remove the tortilla from the oven.
  7. Preheat the toaster oven to 450 degrees.
  8. Cook the veggies and sausage for about 10 minutes. Add the bell peppers and cook for a minute or two.
  9. Top the pizza with the the tomato sauce, mozzarella, sausage, pepper, and eggplant. Return it to the toaster oven and cook at 450 for 10 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Notes

If you don't have a rolling pin, fill an empty soda bottle with water and use that instead.

You want it to remain fairly thick (more so than a normal tortilla) so that it's substantial enough to hold all the other ingredients.

Tools for this Recipe


J.K. Adams FRP-1 Maple French Rolling Pin

I had been making do with a tiny, carved rolling pin my grandma gave me.  It was pretty (and rolled out cookies or crackers with designs), but really too small to do much good.   So, I went and got this rolling pin instead. It rolls the dough more easily, and with much less pressure required.

 

More Eggplant and Tortilla Recipes

Vegetarian Eggplant Sandwich for One Person

Single Serving Eggplant Parmesan Recipe

Pasta alla Norma with Eggplant

Egg Chili Cheese Burrito Recipe