caramelized onion and olive pizza
this was, as littlefoodie put it "big people" pizza. normally he eats whatever we put in front of his chubby little mug but he snubbed us this time...however, that just meant more for daddy and myself.
i lifted the recipe from cookinglight.com but switched it up as always to make it even better! the dough was painfully easy to make and just too minutes. while it was rising i prepared the veggies and cooked them up. as soon as the bread was done rising the toppings were all done. easy as pizza pie. actually, the dough was very similar to the herb pizza crust from trader joes but its homemade which always makes it tastier but in a pinch the tj's will work. i plan on making a couple batches to freeze and whip out quickly.
there is pretty much an infinite amount of toppings for this but squash, herbs, kalamata olives, onions and goat cheese were what i had on hand. next week i want to throw some eggplant and make a spicier pizza.
the pizza dough:
1 pkg organic yeast
3/4 warm water, divided
2 1/4 cups organic white whole wheat flour, divided
2 tbl milk
2 tbl olive oil
1/2 tsp sea salt
generous cracklings of black pepper!
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried oregano
sprinkle yeast over 1/4 cup of warm water in a large bowl and let stand for 5 min to bloom. add 1/2 cup of warm water and stir. stir in 2 cups flour, milk, olive oil, salt, cracked pepper, and herbs. stir until combined.
flour board and turn out dough. knead until smooth about 8-10 min and dough is elastic. add enough dough, 1 tbl at a time to prevent sticking.
grease a large, clean glass bowl with olive oil and turn to coat the dough all over in it. cover with wax paper and let rise in a warm place with no drafts for 40 minutes. after that punch down and let sit 5 minutes.
sprinkle cornmeal to covera greased cookie sheet. shape dough out into a large rectangle and crimp edges
preheat oven to 400F.
4 slices nitrate free bacon (neiman ranch), diced
4 yellow onions, thinly sliced
1 tsp chopped rosemary
4 garlic clvs, sliced
1 cup halved heirloom or small tomatoes
2 yellow squash, halved and sliced
3/4 cup chopped, pitted kalamata olives
1 pkg goat cheese
heat pan and saute bacon until crisp. remove. add onion to pan along with rosemary and garlic and squash. cook on med high heat stirring occasionally until onion is golden and caramelized. add in tomatoes and olives. season with salt and pepper.
top the pizza crust with onion mixture. sprinkle with bacon and then goat cheese. sprinkle with fresh cracked pepper.
bake 35 min until crust is crispy and toppings are brown and gooey!