Oh how the week flew by! And somehow it ended up being a busy one… Considering our upcoming 3-day-MLK weekend trip to San Francisco, we wanted to keep dinner fairly simple. Pizza it is. No, we didn’t call up Dominos (Yah, right!) and order that sorry excuse for what they call pizza; but instead, we grabbed some pizza dough and hunk of herb goat cheese from TJ’s and created our own. There are so many different pizza concoctions to make, so be creative with your topping selection. Since we had been craving goat cheese for a while we thought that caramelized onions, garlic, fresh herbs, tomatoes and spinach would be great complements to such a creamy and poignant cheese.
- 4 Garlic Cloves
- 1 Shallot
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Rosemary
- 1 Tbsp Fresh Thyme
- Pizza Dough (ours is the herb kind from TJ’s)
- Olive Oil
- S & P (Salt and Peppeh’)
- 1 Medium Onion
- 1 Tomato
- Hunk of Herb-rolled Goat cheese (~8-10 oz.)
- 1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
Here are the directions to our Herbalicious Goat Cheese Pizza:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and make sure that the pizza dough (which you can make from scratch if you wanted to) is room temp.
2. Now would be an excellent time to use your pizza stone, but if you don’t have one (neither do we) then a cookie sheet works fine. Oil it up and place the dough on the sheet, carefully stretching it to fit the sheet or desired thickness.
3. Pop I’n the oven for 5 minutes to get the crust cookin’! (we discovered this works best so that the center isn’t doughy and undercooked) 4. Let the crust cool for a few minutes before adding toppings.
Here is how were prepared our toppings and sauce:
-Start with caramelizing the onions, since that will take the most prep/cook time. Coat the bottom of the saute pan with Olive Oil and when its hot, throw in the sliced onions. Toss in some salt and, stirring occasionally, let the onions cook down and turn a nice amber color. The whole process should take about 30 minutes, but it depends on the amount of onions. FYI- this link a great resource for perfect onion caramelization.
– Chop a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and thyme; set aside. Slice the hunk of herb goat cheese (about a 1/4 inch thick). Slice a tomato. Grab a handful of washed fresh spinach leaves. Set out some grated Parmesan cheese.
Garlic-Herb Olive Oil Sauce:
– Once onions are finished caramelizing, set aside. Add a few tablespoons of Olive Oil to the same pan and when heated add a chopped shallot and let cook for a few minutes. Add in 4 cloves minced garlic and chopped fresh herbs, a dash of salt and pepper and let cook for about a minute. There is your sauce!
Building yo’ pi z za!
Take the semi-cooked crust and pour on Garlic Herb Olive Oil sauce. Be absolutely sure you get all the great shallot/herb/garlic chunks of pure goodness in there too! No man left behind (in the pan)! Spread evenly.
Then, sprinkle the cooled caramelized onions evenly. Place down goat cheese medallions, followed by tomato slices, and finally sprinkle some grated Parmesan cheese atop this masterpiece!
Slide in the oven and cook until perfection (usually around 10-12 minutes)! If you are a spinach fanatic like we are, then pile a hefty handful of spinach on top and pop back in the oven to let these leafy greens get cozy with the pizza for another 2 minutes. Now you can indulge!
From the Little Yellow Kitchen