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


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


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.