Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Caramelized Onion and Olive Tapenade Pizza

This is a very easy and crowd pleasing pizza! It's pizza so it's casual but the ingredients are a little more special so it can be considered a little more fancy if you want it to be. By keeping a few things on hand in your pantry you can make a quick pizza any day.  This doesn't take any skill at all, you aren't really cooking just combining ingredients.  You can make your own pizza dough if you have the time, I just go to a pizzeria that I like and I buy their dough. You don't even need to have sauce for it to be considered a pizza, at least not in my book.

For this pizza I used caramelized onions, shredded italian blend cheese and trader joe's olive tapenade.  It's made up of mostly kalamata olives and it is delicious!

Caramelized Onions


One large or 2 medium yellow onions, sliced
approx 1 tablespoon of EVOO and 1/2 tablespoon of butter
salt, pepper and a tsp of sugar


Heat large saute pan over medium heat, add butter and oil, add onions, toss to coat in oil.  Allow onions to cook, tossing occasionally but not constantly.  Just like mushrooms you want them to get some color before you stir them.  Once the onions start to soften add salt, pepper and sugar and toss.  You do not want your onions to burn but instead turn a golden brown.  Lower heat if necessary.  Onions will cook for about 30 minutes. 

To assemble Pizza:

Stretch dough with your hands and place on an oiled cookie sheet.  Spread with olive tapenade, shredded cheese and top with caramelized onions. 

Bake at 400 degree for about 20 minutes or until pizza is crispy and golden. 


Unknown said...

Yum, onions and black olives! The best combination for a pizza in my opinion!

Niki said...

Great recipe, i love the caramelized onions!!

Anonymous said...

I have everything on hand to make this for dinner--add a little garden zucchini and/or summer squash--delicious!