Caramelized Onion Pizza with Candied Bacon & Blue Cheese

Budget the time for the onions to properly caramelized and cook down to a soft, sweet tangle of goodness, but otherwise it’s an easy pizza to put together. The addition of bacon, smoky and a little sweet from the brown sugar, is an excellent accompaniment to the onions, though if you prefer you can sub prosciutto or even pancetta. My favorite cheese for this pie is Stilton, but a firm gorgonzola will do nicely as well.

Caramelized Onion Pizza with Candied Bacon & Blue Cheese

Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Budget the time for the onions to properly caramelized and cook down to a soft, sweet tangle of goodness, but otherwise it's an easy pizza to put together. The addition of bacon, smoky and a little sweet from the brown sugar, is an excellent accompaniment to the onions, though if you prefer you can sub prosciutto or even pancetta. My favorite cheese for this pie is Stilton, but a firm gorgonzola will do nicely as well.
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Servings 1 pizza

Ingredients
 

  • 2 medium sweet onions, peeled, halved and sliced halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • few grinds of black pepper
  • 3 slices bacon
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup crumbled blue cheese, such as Stilton or gorgonzola
  • 10-11 ounce ball of pizza dough, homemade or store-bought

Instructions
 

  • Warm the olive oil in a skillet and add the sliced onions and ½ teaspoon salt. Cook, stirring, until softened, about 8-10 minutes, then put the lid on and turn the heat to low. Continue to cook about a half hour longer, stirring occasionally, and adding a little water if the onions start to stick. If the onions have not taken on any color at this point, take the lid off and turn the heat up to get a nice brown caramelized onion mixture. If the bottom turns brown, this is a good thing. Take the pan off the heat, put the lid on and let it steam a few minutes, then uncover and stir the brown bottom back into the onions. Taste for salt and add more if needed, and a few grinds of black pepper. Set aside.
  • While the onions are cooking, preheat your oven to 425 F. If you have a pizza stone, make sure it is placed in the oven before you begin to preheat it. Sprinkle the bacon with a little brown sugar and place on a sheet pan. Bake until cooked through and crispy. Remove from the oven and chop into pieces. Set aside.
  • Increase the oven temperature to it's hottest setting, usually 550 F.
  • Dust a pizza peel with cornmeal or semolina, or flour if you don’t have those. You can also just use your wood board, dusted liberally with flour, so that the dough will slide off easily onto the pizza stone in the oven. If you are not using a pizza stone, oil a baking sheet. Stretch your dough from the center out, using your hands to coax it into a rough circle shape and place on your peel or baking sheet.
  • Layer the onions on the bottom of the dough, then scatter the blue cheese and bacon over top. Slide onto your stone or place the sheet pan in the oven and cook 8-10 minutes, or until the dough is browned. Serve hot.
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