Prosciutto & Caramelized Onion Pizza

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Homemade pizzas are one of my favorite things to make (and eat!), and while a good ol’ pepperoni pizza is always good, I love creative, unique pizzas with your not-so-typical toppings. Give me the fun cheeses, combination of sweet and salty, complementary-flavored drizzles and glazes, and non-marinara bases. My dad likes to tease me and claim that the pizzas I enjoy are not actually pizza!

I LOVE Camille Styles and her new Entertaining book, and this is one of many recipes I’ve already devoured from her new book. There really isn’t much better than the salty and sweet flavor combination on this prosciutto & caramelized onion pizza, and it was a huge hit. As with all recipes I prefer, it was simple, makes great leftovers, was unique, and was absolutely delicious! Give it a try, for sure.

Prosciutto & Caramelized Onion Pizza

adapted from Camille Styles

Makes 4 individual naan pizzas

• individual sized garlic naan (best from Trader Joe’s)
• 1 white onion, thinly sliced
• 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme
• 1 teaspoon sugar
• 1 cup thinly sliced fresh mozzarella
• 8 very thin slices prosciutto
• 2 cups baby arugula (not pictured here)
• crushed red pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. To caramelize the onion, add the sliced onion and sauté until just tender, about 6 minutes. Add the thyme, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the onion is golden, stirring often, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle the sugar over the onion and sauté 20 more minutes, until the onion is golden brown, reduced, and very sweet.

Once the onion is finished, place the frozen naan in the oven for about three minutes, and gather all your toppings (onion, mozzarella, prosciutto, and arugula). Once the naan is very slightly cooked, pull it out of the oven and top it with the mozzarella, crushed red pepper, and caramelized onion. Place it back in the oven til the cheese is melted. Pull it out, add the prosciutto, and bake it for 1-2 more minutes. Finally, top the pizza with the prosciutto and arugula. Cut into wedges and serve. Enjoy!

Since the naan is frozen and the four pieces make four individual servings, you can make all four at once or make a fresh pizza each time. The leftovers are great, and I loved mine for lunches at work!

Other favorites: Apple, Sausage, & Onion Pizza and Mom’s Famous Pizza Sauce – I promise you won’t be disappointed with these, either!

Recipe | Apple, Sausage, & Onion Pizza

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The other evening, I had the overwhelming urge to cook. That might sound like a silly urge to have, but it’s true! With so many back to back to back weekends of traveling and then endless weeknight plans and activities (all of them fun!), I realized that I hadn’t actually cooked a full meal in about a month. And that’s sad! I love to cook and be in the kitchen, but, as trite as it may sound, I just hadn’t had the time lately. I can’t complain about all of the exciting weekend travels and the fun weeknights after work, but I was missing time in the kitchen and time to just be. After a little thought, as I rarely ever cancel plans, I kindly asked my friend if I could take a rain check on Monday night’s happy hour plans. Then I headed home – straight after work! what a novel idea! – to run to the grocery store (since I hadn’t been in way too long), go for a beautiful evening run, and settle into the kitchen for a Fall-inspired meal, made from (mostly) scratch. My September issue of Southern Living had a few dog-eared recipes, and that was just the inspiration I needed to settle on a little dinner menu.

Southern Living’s apple flatbread served as my main inspiration for a pizza/flatbread main dish, but I tweaked it to make it perfect for me – and for leftovers for lunches at work throughout the week. Trader Joe’s frozen naan is often an ideal solution (with four frozen naan), as it serves as the perfect base and is already portioned out. A ricotta base and topping of caramelized onions, sliced apples, and chicken and apple sausage were the perfect accompaniments, and the flavors melded together seamlessly. I also had been craving arugula lately, which is typically one of my least favorite salad greens. I think my mind has been changed, though, after enjoying a simple arugula & shaved parmesan cheese side salad with a delicious homemade vinaigrette I improvised (which is not hard to do, promise!). I topped off my chicken-apple-sausage and apple and caramelized onion pizza and arugula salad with a crisp white wine from Greece that my sweet sister gave me. It was the perfect evening to be in the kitchen, prepare my ingredients, let time pass by slowly, and savor a fantastic meal on a beautiful early Fall evening.

I hope you’ll give this recipe a try, as it was simply marvelous, quite inexpensive, and seriously easy to make. Enjoy!

Apple, Chicken Sausage, & Caramelized Onion Pizza

Ingredients:

four pieces of naan

1 package of chicken and apple sausage, sliced

1 red onion, thinly sliced

2 apples, thinly sliced

1 lemon

1 container of ricotta

salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper, to taste

Directions:

Thinly slice up the red onion, and caramelize it on the stove. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Juice one lemon, and add lemon juice, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to ricotta cheese, stir. Lightly brown sliced chicken and apple sausage in a separate pan from onions. Thinly slice up apples. Bake naan (plain with no toppings yet) in 400 degree oven for two minutes. Once onions and sausage are cooked, begin assembling your pizza. Top each naan with about two dollops of the ricotta mixture, and spread evenly. Then add your caramelized onion, chicken and apple sausage, and apple slices evenly to each pizza. Once assembled, bake for two minutes and then broil for one minute. Yum!

Recipe | Mom’s Pizza Sauce

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I’m so lucky – every time I visit my parents at home in North Carolina, my mom is so generous and offers to make some of my favorite dishes for dinner. I always have my go-to dinner items that my mom makes better than anyone else, and one of my very favorite requests is homemade pizza. Homemade pizza may sound silly and not all that exciting, but I especially love it because my sweet momma makes the world’s best pizza sauce – seriously! It’s like no other boring pizza or marinara-like pizza sauce, but it’s delicious, bursting with flavor, and has so much depth and taste. All you really need (since the pizza sauce is clearly the star of the pizza) is dough (I recommend Pillsbury pizza dough) and mozzarella cheese. I don’t even put any other ingredients on the pizza because the sauce is that good! Adding in coffee granules is so unexpected but so very perfect. This recipe has been in the family for years (I believe Mom got it from my aunt decades ago), and it’s a staple. I made homemade pizza this past week & simply devoured it. Thankfully, this recipe makes enough pizza sauce for two pizzas, so I have plenty leftover!

World’s Best Pizza Sauce

recipe from my momma!

1   8 oz can tomato sauce

1   6 oz can tomato paste

1   C water

1   t dried oregano

1   t dried basil

½-1   t instant coffee granules (key ingredient for richness and depth!)

½-1   t dried hot red pepper flakes

½ t sugar

1 beef bullion cube

1 bay leaf

Heat all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to simmer for 10-15 minutes.  Discard bay leaf.  Makes enough for 2 large pizzas. Enjoy!

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