Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Chicken, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese Pizza

Our weekends are usually very busy, so we like to keep our meals very simple. We especially like "cook once and eat twice" meals on the weekend. I try to keep foods that make it easy to put a meal together without a lot of cooking. It had been a while since we had pizza, so we put one together for dinner the other night. This pizza takes a little time, but it is worth the effort!

The first step is caramelizing the onions. There are many versions on how to make them, but my version is very easy, if you have an extra hour. 

This is my version:
Slice two onions in half and cut them in slices. Next, put two tablespoon (approx.) of olive oil and two tablespoons of butter into a dutch oven. When the oil and is heated and the butter is melted, add the onions. Stir to coat all of the onions with the oil/butter mixture. 

Turn the burner down as low as it will go and cover dutch oven with a lid. Set the timer for 15 minutes and leave them alone. When the timer goes off, remove the lid and give them a good stir. Every 15 minutes repeat this process, about one hour.

Now, turn up the flame just a touch, and continue cooking the onions with the lid off. Every 5-10 minutes, give them a stir to remove the brownness that is coating the bottom of the pan. If it is too brown, turn the flame down. Continue doing this until the onions are a nice caramel color, but not burnt, about 20 minutes. Set aside until needed.

We used pizza dough from Trader Joe's, which is really good and so easy to use. Just let it sit out on the counter for about 20 minutes and it is ready to roll out. We don't actually "roll" it, we just stretch it out until the crust is evenly distributed around the pan. Easy!

Next, we put about 1/2-3/4 cup of Trader Joe's Alfredo Pasta Sauce on top of the crust. 

Next, we put a little mozzarella cheese on top of sauce. 

Next, we added cooked and cubed chicken breast. We cooked our but you can use any chicken. 

Next, we topped with Trader Joe's Quattro Formaggio, which is a combination of grated parmesan, asiago, fontina and provolone cheese. We then laid the caramelized onions all around that and it was ready for the oven.

Put it in a 450 degree oven. We baked it until the crust was crispy and brown and the cheese was melted, about 15-20 minutes. 

We removed the pizza from the oven and let it sit for about 5 minutes. We cut two slices and topped them with a couple dollops of goat cheese. Wow, it is good. All you need is a nice crunchy salad and dinner is ready!

And yes, we had lots of leftovers, but it is great reheated for dinner the following night. It also freezes very well if you freeze the pieces individually. When frozen, wrap each piece separately and put into a freezer bag. 

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