Pizza. Just say the word and my mouth starts to water. I do love a good pizza, and we have a couple decent joints close to us that we order from every so often. But, what I love even more is making my own at home. Not only is it a fun activity, but this way I know exactly what's in it. Yeast and I don't have a good relationship so I used Trader Joe's all natural refrigerated pizza dough. But if you're in with the yeast, by all means please make your own crust! Some day it will like me, I have hope....
For tonight's pizza I wanted to use up my fresh ricotta I had leftover from the weekend. I thought it would go well with some caramelized onion, heirloom tomatoes, olives, crushed red pepper flakes, and prosciutto. I brushed the base of the crust with some of this fabulous seasoned olive oil we got from a local Italian joint here in the Cities. It's out of this world taste! And I knew it would add just the right flavoring to the pizza.
I caramelized the onion - added about a tablespoon of brown sugar to give them that sweet but savory taste and laid them on top of the oil-brushed crust followed by the rest of the toppings. Baked this beauty for 15 minutes and this pie came out looking so divine. Crunchy prosciutto, creamy ricotta, tangy olives....my gosh, how we had any leftovers from this baby is beyond me.
Save some gas - make your own pizza at home tonight!
Fresh Ricotta, Caramelized Onion, & Proscuitto Pizza
Recipe by A Toast to Taste
1 refrigerated pizza dough at room temperature (or you can make your own)
2 Tbsp seasoned olive oil (garlic is best)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 cup fresh ricotta
6 mini heirloom tomatoes, halved
1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
5 slices prosciutto
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a pizza pan with non-stick spray.
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and butter over medium low heat. Add the onions and brown sugar. Stir to combine and let cook for about 20 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are a light brown color. Remove from heat.