Flower and Sugar

Caramelized Onion and Pepperoni Pizza

Happy almost Valentine’s Day! This may not seem like a very conventional pre-valentine’s day post, but who doesn’t LOVE a heart themed pizza? Plus, isn’t the saying “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” and my husband LOVES this pizza. He really likes the combination of onion and pepperoni and the recipe came from one of my favorite cookbooks – Todd English!

I took a few shortcuts when putting this together. I did not make my crust or the sauce – but we still chose high quality pre-made options. We caramelized the onions and used a crust from a local pizza place; they had even rolled it out already for me! Going to a local pizza place for dough is often a high quality cost effective option to ordering a pizza or buying dough at the grocery store if you are not up to making it yourself.

Recipe (Adapted from Cooking in Everyday English by Todd English )

  • 1 large sweet onion
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • Pizza dough (we a large pizza crust from Papa Murphy’s)
  • Tomato sauce (we used Classico)
  • 2 oz pepperoni
  • 4 oz fresh mozzarella cheese

Start by caramelizing the onions. Thinly slice the onion and sauté in the olive oil for 10 minutes until it starts to brown. Add the salt, pepper, and sugar and cook for another 8 minutes until caramelized. Add the balsamic vinegar and cook another two minutes.

Next prepare the pizza. Preheat the oven to 425F. Spread a thin layer of the sauce on the pizza crust then place a layer of the caramelized onion on top of the sauce. Next add the layer of pepperoni. For the cheese, as it is a fresh mozzarella and stored in liquid, I like to remove the extra moisture with a paper towel. Spread out a layer of thinly sliced mozzarella. Bake for 12-18 minutes until the crust is brown and cheese is melted; try to check the pizza after ten minutes.

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