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BBQ Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Blue Cheese

Since when does the sun set at 7:15 p.m.?

I made this pizza last week – on “Pizza Friday” of course – and by the time it came out of the oven in all of its bubbly cheesy glory, it was too dark in our apartment to take any decent photographs.

The pictures were thus relegated to being taken via Instagram on my iPhone.

Use your imagination and picture a thin crisp whole wheat crust topped with tangy BBQ sauce, sweet caramelized onions, gooey cheddar cheese, and pockets of melted blue cheese.

A classic flavor combination. A surefire way to elicit many “mmm-mmmms” from your guy (or girl). A delicious way to leave the workweek behind you and welcome the weekend.

Sure, the photos from this post won’t make their way onto Foodgawker or Tastespotting, but hopefully this pizza will make its way onto your plate sometime soon.

How about tonight?

BBQ Pizza with Caramelized Onions & Blue Cheese

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yield: 1 pie; 8 slices

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb wheat pizza dough (I buy mine from the freezer section of Whole Foods)
  • 3 medium yellow or white onions
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp cane sugar
  • cornmeal, for dusting pizza pan
  • flour, for rolling out dough
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups freshly shredded 50% reduced fat sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup freshly crumbled blue cheese

Directions:

  1. Bring pizza dough to room temperature
  2. Sliced the onions in half lengthwise (through the “poles”) and then remove the papery skin. Thinly slice the onions widthwise (around the “equator”), discarding the ends. You should have about 3 cups of sliced onions.
  3. Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet set over medium heat. Add onions to skillet, spreading them out into an even layer.  Let onions cook, stirring occasionally, for 10 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle salt and sugar over the onions, reduce stove heat to low, and cook (stirring occasionally) for 45 minutes, or until they are soft and golden-brown. If the onions are sticking to the pan, you can add a few teaspoons of water to the onions.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°F. Sprinkle cornmeal onto a pizza pan or baking sheet.
  6. On a lightly floured flat surface, roll the room-temperature pizza dough out to desired thickness (I like a very thin pizza crust).
  7. Carefully transfer the rolled-out pizza dough onto the cornmeal-dusted baking sheet.
  8. Spoon BBQ sauce onto the pizza dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge.
  9. Top with the caramelized onions, followed by the cheeses.
  10. Bake pizza for 8 minutes. Carefully remove the baking sheet from underneath the pizza and continue to cook the pizza until the cheese has melted and the bottom of the crust is golden-brown and crisp, about 5 more minutes.
  11. Using a pizza peel (or the  baking sheet), carefully remove the pizza from the oven and let cool for 5 minutes before cutting into slices.

Nutritional Information Per Slice:

235 calories, 8.3 grams fat, 3.3 grams saturated fat, 4.7 grams fiber, 2.5 grams sugar, 11.4 grams protein

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