Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Thin Crust Pizza

I can’t remember the last time we ordered take-out pizza. We make it at home roughly once a week and that hits the pizza spot for us!  I love that when you make it yourself, you can make it with ANYTHING your heart desires! Pair it with a crisp salad, and a glass of vino, and call it a NIGHT.

There is only one problem when it comes to pizza night:

The hubs and I have a point of contention when it comes to cheeses. You see, I havn’t met a cheese I didn’t like.  The hubs however is extremely finicky about his cheese. He isn’t all that in to crumbled cheeses. He sticks his nose up to gorgonzola, gags at the smell of blue, and feta… don’t even get me started.  He says it tastes like - and I quote - ”butt”. Lovely.

I recently learned there is one soft cheese that Mike not only “tolerates” but actually ENJOYS. Goat cheese. Go figure. Never in a million years would that be the cheese that I’d think my finicky cheese eater would come to love!

I decided that goat cheese would go on our pizza this week! Publix now has a store brand of Goat cheese & it’s HALF the price of the Ile de France brand that is commonly available. I picked up a package of it (along with the other miscellaneous ingredients) and went to work!

Man, was this one tasty pizza! The hubs even gave it 2 thumbs up! Score!

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Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Thin Crust Pizza

Ingredients:

Pizza Dough
Pizza Sauce
4 oz goat cheese
1 bulb of garlic (about 8-9 cloves), roasted

1 small red onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp canola oil
1 TBS Balsamic

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450°. cut top of the garlic bulb off (exposing the tips of the garlic cloves). Drizzle with a touch of olive oil, wrap in foil, and bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool to touch. gently squeeze the base of the bulb and the roasted garlic cloves should pop out. Set aside.

In a skillet over medium heat, brown onions in a tsp of canola oil (take about 15 minutes). Season with salt and pepper. When fully caramelized, deglaze pan with a TBS of balsamic vinegar. Set onions aside until ready to make pizza.

Roll pizza dough out as thin as you can get it. Top with your favorite pizza sauce. Evenly sprinkle garlic roasted cloves, and onions across the pizza. Crumble 4 oz of goat cheese on top. Bake until crisp (about 15-20 minutes). Check it often as oven temps vary cooking times. When crust is golden, remove from oven and top with chopped basil. Slice into pieces or squares and serve.

Note: I used a pizza crisper (the round pan with all the holes in it) to bake this. You can use your pizza stone, or even a regular pan if necessary.

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29 Responses to “Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Thin Crust Pizza”

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    Jessica @ Stylish Stealthy and Healthy — May 18, 2011 @ 11:37 am

    This looks amazing and I must make ASAP. I love goat cheese and somehow never thought to put it on pizza!

    • Kristina replied: — May 18th, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

      oh, girl – it is SO good on pizza… you will LOVE it.

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    Dawn @ Blonde on a Mission — May 18, 2011 @ 11:49 am

    Oh my goodness. This looks so good. Goat cheese, along with mozza, is my favourite cheese for anything!!

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    Rochelle — May 18, 2011 @ 1:46 pm

    I can’t understand how anyone could have issues with different cheeses but I do understand how your hubby could love goat cheese! It’s sooooo good and with caramelized onion, to die for :D

    • Kristina replied: — May 18th, 2011 @ 3:21 pm

      I know, right? all cheese is good cheese in my book!

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    Kate — May 18, 2011 @ 2:33 pm

    Hi! I just found you on tasty kitchen and I love your blog! Your pictures are fantastic and I love your husband’s friday cocktail. I actually post a cocktail every other friday on my blog. Anyway, I am looking forward to following!

    • Kristina replied: — May 18th, 2011 @ 3:19 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet words! Glad to have you following along :)

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    Lauren at Keep It Sweet — May 18, 2011 @ 2:36 pm

    Yum, those are some of my favorite pizza toppings!

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    PolaM — May 18, 2011 @ 2:53 pm

    I looooove cheese! Can I have the cheese your husband doesn’t eat??

    • Kristina replied: — May 18th, 2011 @ 3:20 pm

      i already called ‘dibs’! hehe

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts — May 18, 2011 @ 3:15 pm

    YYYUUUMMM!!! Goat Cheese is my husbands favorite on pizza!

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    mary — May 18, 2011 @ 3:43 pm

    This looks delicious! I just said to my husband last night it was time to attempt making pizza at home. Do you use a pizza stone?

    P.S. Costco has the Ile de France brand goat cheese for very cheap and double the size. We love goat cheese in our house.

    • Kristina replied: — May 18th, 2011 @ 3:48 pm

      I used a pizza crisper for this one. Normally I use a pizza stone, but i was being lazy and didn’t want to pull it out! hah Both work just fine, though.
      I have seen the Ile de France at Costco (LOVE Costco). Their cheeses in general are WAY cheaper! The Publix brand is pretty close in price (cost per ounce) and since I can walk to my Publix… I’m there more often :)

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    Lindsey@Lindselicious — May 18, 2011 @ 4:55 pm

    Oooh I know what my last batch of Caramelized Onions is going to!! (I made a bunch in crockpot and froze in baggies). I love food like this so simple but it totally allows you to enjoy the flavors. I even have a shallot red pepper goat cheese in my fridge that would go great with this! =)

    • Kristina replied: — May 27th, 2011 @ 10:39 am

      yay for the crockpot! that’s a great idea to use it for caramelized onions! :

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    The Mistress of Spices — May 19, 2011 @ 6:40 am

    Sounds delish! I love the combination of caramelized onion and goat cheese. My hubby though unfortunately hates goat cheese and pretty much every other kind of cheese save for mozzarella on pizza and American/cheddar on burgers. And we live in France… what a waste! Oh well! I’ll make this with the cheese for me and without for him.

    • Kristina replied: — May 19th, 2011 @ 1:41 pm

      oh my goodness – and Brie is probably my #1 favorite cheese… what a waste is right! heh Do me a favor and enjoy some really good brie over there in France! yum :)

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    Kate@Diethood — May 19, 2011 @ 9:30 am

    Oh my yumminess! I need to start using goat cheese instead of feta…this pizza looks beautiful!

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    Home with Mandy — May 19, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

    YUM! This is probably my all time favorite pizza. Great post! It was wonderful to meet you tonight at the Rock Her party. Hope to run into you again during sessions tomorrow at Blog Her Food.

    • Kristina replied: — May 20th, 2011 @ 6:58 am

      So great to meet you too, Mandy! I’m sure I’ll run into you again at some point! :)

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    Gourmantine — May 20, 2011 @ 9:18 am

    I’m up for everything that has caramelized onions in it and if cheese comes as an addition? That’s just perfect.
    p.s. beautiful photos! :)

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    Tracey@KitchenPlayground — May 21, 2011 @ 6:08 pm

    Looks delicious! I, too, like experimenting with different pizza combinations. Recently did a balsamic-caramelized onion & sausage … thought you might like to check it out!

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    natalie (the sweets life) — May 23, 2011 @ 9:58 am

    maybe you’ll get him to come around one of these days :) another delicious looking pizza!!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen — May 24, 2011 @ 11:23 pm

    Hi Tina,

    We LOVE homemade pizza around here too. I have a few different recipes on my blog, but just today posted on a BLT Flatbread pizza!! Mmmm…..I made and froze a lot of extra piza dough, so now I’m able to pull it out and make personal sized gourmet pizzas anytime I want.

    Not sure your hubby would appreciate the 3 different cheeses I put ont this one…though I love cheeses also I don’t like the ones my hubby calls “stinky feet” cheeses (gorgonzola, blue cheese). My hubby likes them :)

    On this one I put mozzarella (I usually get the fresh from costco), gouda (one of my faves alone with havarti and brie) & romano. Cheese….Mmmm….

    Hope you had a GREAT time at BlogHer! I actually found this post of yours through foodbuzz…now I’m off to read your two part series on BlogHer.

    • Kristina replied: — May 27th, 2011 @ 10:40 am

      Denise! we need to have a get together soon! I miss you ladies! :)

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    Katie — May 26, 2011 @ 8:28 am

    Yummmm! We never order out for pizza nowadays: I think that making one at home is so much better as well!

    Personally, I am still not a fan of the stinky cheeses (mainly blue, gorgonzola, etc), but I have recently started a love affair with goat cheese and feta. Oh, creamy goat cheese goodness…it is the best on pizza! A few weeks ago, I found the crumbled goat cheese from Publix that you spoke of, and it made me oh so very happy. I’m now finding any and every excuse to eat it: pizza, salad, baked, you name it!

    • Kristina replied: — May 27th, 2011 @ 10:40 am

      haha it’s so funny how people either love or hate the “stinky” cheeses! I’m a lover… the hubs is a hater! hah

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    pam — June 3, 2011 @ 4:38 pm

    It does not melt like reg cheese though correct?I am also looking for gluten free pizza shells–any ideas?

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    kate — January 30, 2012 @ 6:33 pm

    Tried this this weekend for “Personalized Pizza” night (you don’t even want to know what my hubs’ choice was) and I was in utter heaven!!! Didn’t have fresh basil at my grocery store, nor crumbled goat cheese, so I had to make do with dried basil, but the soft goat cheese “sliced” was still delish. Looking forward to having it again with fresh basil! Went perfectly with the Fat Bastard Shiraz I got too. Thank you so much for sharing!

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