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Monday, April 18, 2011

Caramelized onion and green garlic pizza (with rucola)

Since you already know how much we adore caramelised onions, this pizza here was bound to happen sooner or later. And what better time than the lovely mid-spring outside? :)
Another lucky find and recent passion of ours (besides red onions and caramelized onions in general) is the green garlic (only available in spring), strong flavored and with a soft consistency that doesn't require any peeling :). 
So here's how we married them :D.
Also, we felt like the regular tomato sauce wouldn't really do it for this pizza, so we replaced it with the more delicate and flavorful pesto (just a thin smear) ;). Enjoy.

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 baking-tray sized pizza dough
  • 5 red onions
  • 1 green garlic head
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic red vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons green pesto
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • a small bunch of rucola (arugula leaves) to top it up
Get the onions:

Peel and cut them into slices. Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan, then place them in it on low-medium heat (with a little salt):

Wait for them to become translucent and soft, stirring once in a while. This will take about 20 minutes. When they're softened up, add the sugar and vinegar and stir to caramelize for 2-3 minutes. Then turn off the heat and leave aside. Spread the pizza dough and smear it with the pesto:

Get the green garlic:

Chop it up and spread it on the pizza dough:

Add the caramelized onions:

Place it in the oven and bake until the base is golden and crispy (if you're using store-bought dough it should come with package instructions):

Top with the fresh rucola leaves and it's done. Dig in! :)

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