Sunday, April 3, 2011
Caramelized onion, bacon, and spinach pizza
This pizza is YUMMY! I got the recipe from Cooking Light several years ago, and it has maintained its preferred status with nary a peer in sight. I love the flavor and texture combinations. The recipe claims to be inexpensive and made with things you already have, but I do not always have spinach and bacon in my fridge. It's also somewhat labor intensive. No matter. It's worth it every once in a while.
The recipe as listed includes a pizza dough recipe, but you can use any dough recipe you like. My recipe here begins with your dough already almost ready to roll out.
Ingredients for the topping:
4 bacon slices, chopped
1 (10-ounce) package fresh spinach
2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) sliced onion
2 teaspoons sugar
1 tablespoon butter
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 cup (4 ounces) grated fresh Parmesan cheese
Start by preheating your oven to 475ºF.
In a large pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until it's crisp. Remove the bacon from pan and save 2 teaspoons of the drippings. Add the spinach to the drippings in the pan; sauté 2 minutes or until wilted. Next, transfer the spinach to a colander, pressing until most of the juice has dripped out.
Add onion and 2 teaspoons sugar to pan; cook 12 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. (There are disagreements over the right way to caramelize onions; some people do it without stirring and without sugar. However you like to do it. Just caramelize those onions.) Remove from heat and cool.
In a saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat. This will become your pizza sauce. Add the garlic; cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Add 3 tablespoons flour and pepper, stirring with a whisk; cook 30 seconds. Gradually add the milk, stirring constantly with a whisk. Cook for 5 minutes or until thick and bubbly, stirring constantly with a whisk.
Somewhere in there, maybe while the onions are caramelizing, roll out your pizza crust, transfer it to your baking sheet or pizza stone. Make sure you put down cornmeal BEFORE you put the dough on. Crimp the edges of your crust to make an edge, then spread on the milk mixture. Add your spinach and onion.
Bake at 475° for 20 minutes. Sprinkle evenly with bacon and cheese; bake an additional 3-5 minutes or until golden brown.
Have you tried this pizza? What did you think? What's YOUR favorite pizza recipe or topping?
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