California Central Coast Recipes
Onion Pizza is a classic rustic style Mediterranean style recipe. It is made either as a pizza with a thin crust --like we do here, or as a Focaccia with onion topping.
This is a non-tomato sauce pizza. The topping is sliced white onions cooked slowly until caramelized, then garnished with a few anchovies, capers and Parmesan or Pecorino cheese. Its taste is addicting!
This is a recipes you can serve as either an appetizer with wine or as a light dinner or lunch entree for two paired with a savory salad.
Preparation time: 30 minutesCooking time: 6 minutes
1/3 Homemade Pizza Dough Made With Yeast Starter or store-bought prepared crust
Extra-virgin Olive Oil for pizza
2 large White onions (At least 2 pounds) , peeled and thinly sliced
4 large Garlic cloves , peeled and chopped
1 Bay leaf
1-1/2 teaspoons Dried Oregano
1/2 teaspoons Salt
Freshly cracked Black pepper
1 cup Parmesan or Pecorino Cheese , grated
8 Anchovies fillets , or to taste
1 Tablespoons Capers , rinsed and drained
1 If you are making a fresh dough crust, prepare the pizza crust as directed in the master recipe Homemade Pizza Dough Made With Yeast Starter
2 Preheat Oven on as high a temperature that it will go.
3 In a large skillet, add three tablespoons olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onions, separating into individual strands to expand the volume and aid in cooking.
4 Add the Bay leaf, stirring well.
5 Saute the onion over medium-low heat, stirring frequently to cook evenly. When onions soften and begin to turn golden, continue to cook down. You may need to add additional olive oil to prevent sticking.
6 Add salt to mixture and stir to distribute. Add the freshly cracked black pepper.
7 When onions are golden, add garlic and saute until garlic is fragrant. Remove from heat and let cool just a bit.
8 Spread the onion-garlic mixture evenly over the pizza crust.
9 Sprinkle the Oregano over the top of the pizza.
10 Evenly distribute the anchovies around the top of the pizza.
11 Evenly distribute the capers over the top of the pizza.
12 Evenly distribute the cheese over the top of the onion pizza.
13 Drizzle a little extra olive oil over the pizza. This will give the pizza a nice golden look.
14 Bake in the preheated oven for about six minutes or until desired doneness.
15 Remove from heat and let sit a couple minutes and then serve.
This is a very wine friendly recipe and goes equally well with a white or a red wine depending upon the cheese used for the topping.
If you use Parmesan cheese, serve with a young white wine like a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc.
If you use Pecorino cheese, serve with a robust, rustic red like a Grenache or a Zinfandel.