Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Fig, Caramelized Onions, Prosciutto Pizza-WOW

This will be the most savory pizza you will ever eat! It is the combination of all the ingredients that makes it so great. The caramelized onions, sweet figs and salty prosciutto will give your palate a taste of heaven. I can't wait to make this again!
3-4 figs cut into 1/4 inch slices
Fig Jam/Preserves
1 large yellow onion
Olive oil
Goat Cheese
Fresh mozzarella
Shaved parmesan
Pre-made pizza dough (the best is the frozen ball of pizza dough from Central Market)
Let pizza dough thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
Remove pizza dough from the refrigerator. Pizza dough should be left at room temperature for at least 30 minutes before using.
Slice yellow onion into less than 1/4 inch slices.
Now, it is time for you to caramelize your onions! Place onions in a nonstick pan with olive oil. Cook the onions on low for one hour, stirring occasionally. If you do not have the patience to cook the onions for one hour (this used to be me), then you can cook them on medium heat for 20-30 minutes but be sure you do not burn them. The onions will turn light brown. Set aside onions.
Wash your figs and then cut them into 1/4 inch slices. I was not familiar with figs before trying this recipe so I peeled the skin from the figs then tried to slice them. The peeled figs are hard to slice because they are so slimy. I later figured out that you can slice the figs with the skin on for a more pronounced flavor.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees or whatever your pizza dough calls for.
Cover your baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick PAM.
Flour your pizza dough and form into the shape of your pan. Make sure you form a pronounced crust because this will hold all of your ingredients and prevent the cheese from melting everywhere.
Lightly spread the fig jam on the dough. You do not want to put too much jam on the pizza otherwise it will overpower your other ingredients.
Add the figs and caramelized onions.
Finally, add your mozzarella. I also added a few small pieces of honey goat cheese which was really delicious.
Cook your pizza until your cheese starts to bubble and your pizza crust turns a golden brown. My pizza took at least 15 minutes if not 20 to cook. Use your judgment and spot check the pizza.
After removing the pizza from the oven, lay the prosciutto over the pizza while it is still hot.
Sprinkle a handful or more of arugula on top of the pizza.
Garnish with freshly shaved parmesan.
Helpful Hints:
  • I have tried making pizza dough hundreds of times. Still, the frozen ball of pizza dough at Central Market is the BEST. If you do not have Central Market, Trader Joe's also has great frozen pizza dough. Trader Joe's has several different varieties of pizza dough and the whole wheat one is my LEAST favorite (just giving you a heads up!).
  • Instead of buying an entire block of goat cheese which can be very expensive, I bought ONE SLICE of honey goat cheese at Central Market for $2.80. This honey goat cheese really added a lot to the pizza.
  • I made the mistake of adding the prosciutto to the pizza before cooking it. Even though it was still good, it is better if you put it on after the pizza has already cooked. The prosciutto will warm itself from the heat of the pizza.
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