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Caramelized Onion, Arugula, and Goat Cheese Pizza


May 22, 2013 by Jenn


I’ve been really into “small plates” lately or what some call meals of appetizers or tapas. Light summertime meals made of mostly veggies are my favorite and if you throw in goat cheese, psh, forget it. This is one of my newest loves, caramelized onions. A lot of people simply use sugar to bring out the natural sweetness of the onions but if you’re feeling crazy you can use Dr. Pepper. It’s awesome. I’ve heard of folks using coca-cola before but I didn’t have coca-cola. I had the good doctor. We are talking next level onions here. Here’s how to do it.

Yields 1 small pizza

1 pita
1 large white onion
1 cup arugula
1/2 cup goat cheese
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp Dr. pepper
1 tsp salt

1. To caramelize the onions, put the oil and Dr. pepper in a deep saute pan. Bring to a simmer and add the onions. The science to caramelizing and not burning the onions is this: the heat needs to be high enough to simmer, but low enough to keep them from caramelizing too fast. I find that this is the midpoint between medium and low on your burner but every stove is different so just keep a watchful eye. They’ll need to simmer for about 30 minutes. You’ll want to stir them often and let them get nice and brown. You can add a little more Dr. pepper if it looks like they are drying out. The soda gives them an awesome flavor.
2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the pita on a cookie sheet and pour on the onions. Add the goat cheese and bake the pizza for about 15 minutes. Once the pizza is out of the oven, throw on the arugula and boom! Easy pizza.




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