Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza

Made Famous By: The Pioneer Woman

This week is spring break for us. Usually we have a million fun things planned, but this
year we are taking it easy. It is kind of nice too. My house definitely isn't clean,
but that just means that we have had lots of fun adventures inside the house.
For instance, an entire shelf in my linen closet was dumped on the floor so my kiddos
could put pillows and blankets down and lay in there. They pretend they are going to
bed, they have played game boys in it, played hide and go seek, and laughed and
laughed and laughed and laughed. That to me is worth the HUGE mess that has been on
the ground since Monday. I don't think I will clean it up until Friday or Saturday either.
Why would I??? For one it would probably get dumped out again and for two they are having
so much darn fun I don't have it in my heart to fill up their "shelf-o-fun".

The Pioneer Woman is one of my blog heroines. She is amazing, witty and the woman
can cook.If you have never heard of her go check out her blog. It is amazing and full of everything you could possibly imagine. This caramelized onion and prosciutto pizza of hers is one of the best things that I have ever put in my mouth. The salty prosciutto and
the sugar from the caramelized onion are just perfect. In her post about this pizza
she said, "Let's just say I cried, it made me so happy. Why does food make me cry?"
For those of us who are foodies we completely "get" that statement.
It is quite a wonderful thing and one of my favorite things about life!!!!!

  • 1 whole Pizza Crust
  • Olive Oil, For Drizzling
  • 1 whole Large Red Onion, Halved And Thinly Sliced
  • ¼ cups Brown Sugar
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Parmesan Cheese, Grated
  • 10 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Thinly Sliced
  • 8 slices Prosciutto (more To Taste)

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions and brown sugar and toss/stir for several minutes, or until onions are brown and cooked. Set aside.

Roll out pizza dough to a rectangular shape. Drizzle on olive oil, sprinkle on a little salt, followed by a little Parmesan.

Lay slices of mozzarella evenly over the top of the crust. Arrange caramelized onions over the top of the mozzarella. Randomly lay slices of prosciutto over the onions.

Bake for 15 to 17 minutes in the lower half of the oven, or until crust is golden brown. Remove from oven and cut into squares. Serve immediately.

Basic Pizza Crust

  • 1 teaspoon Instant Or Active Dry Yeast
  • 1-½ cup Warm Water
  • 4 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • ⅓ cups Olive Oil

Preparation Instructions

Sprinkle yeast over 1 1/2 cups warm (not lukewarm) water. Let stand for a few minutes.

In a mixer, combine flour and salt. With the mixer running on low speed (with paddle attachment), drizzle in olive oil until combined with flour. Next, pour in yeast/water mixture and mix until just combined, and the dough comes together in a sticky mass.

Coat a separate mixing bowl with a light drizzle of olive oil, and form the dough into a ball. Toss to coat dough in olive oil, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set it aside for 1 to 2 hours, or store in the fridge until you need it.

Note: it’s best to make the dough at least 24 hours in advance, and 3 or 4 days is even better.

When you are ready to make the pizza, grab HALF the pizza dough (recipe makes 2 crusts) and squeeze the dough toward the bottom to form a nice, tight, pulled ball. You can roll out the pizza with a rolling pin if you’d like, but sometimes it’s just as easy to throw it around and pull and stretch till it feels right. And when the crust is nice and thin, lay it on an oiled baking sheet or pizza pan. Drizzle a little olive oil on the dough and spread it with your fingers. Very lightly sprinkle some salt on the crust.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Top your crust with your toppings of choice. Then bake for 15 to 17 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are bubbly.



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