Caramelized onion pizza
It has been a while since I posted a pizza recipe. So over the weekend I thought, why not make one that I never tried before? So I chose to make this vegan caramelized onion pizza. If you follow my blog, you probably know that my pizzas are not very conventional, same goes for this one.
I made French onion soup recently and I absolutely loved it. So it was logical I suppose to try and use caramelized onions as a pizza topping or a wrap filling. I was instantly hooked. For this recipe I used my usual pizza dough recipe. And I highly recommend these toppings, especially if you liked my French onion soup recipe.
Some health benefits
It is called caramelized onion pizza, so I guess it only makes sense for me to talk about onions in this section, at least a little bit.
Onions contain decent amounts of vitamin C, folate, vitamin B6, and potassium, which provide a number of benefits. They are rich in plant compounds and antioxidants, especially quercetin and sulfur-containing compounds. Colorful varieties, such as yellow or red ones, pack more antioxidants than white ones.
Onions have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. They may lower blood sugar levels, improve bone health, and reduce the risk of several types of cancers. They can cause you to cry while cutting them, and in some people they can cause even more irritation. But if they don’t bother you that much, I suggest you incorporate them into your meals. I left a few more recipes that include it at the bottom of this post.
Other healthy thing about this pizza is that it is vegan. And we all crave one from time to time, so why not try this one today?
A piece of advice
Even if you never made a pizza dough from scratch, you won’t have any problems with following this recipe. However, if you are running short on time, or can’t be bothered, you can always purchase frozen pizza dough and just follow the recipe for the toppings.
I understand that it might be hard to find a good vegan mozzarella cheese that melts (depending on where you live), so you can just use any vegan cheese that works for you. I also think that vegan gouda would work well with this.
When mixing all the dough ingredients together, make sure that you don’t use hot water, but only slightly warm. These measurements are enough for 1 pizza dough. If you need more than that, adjust the ingredient amounts accordingly. Try to roll the dough into a thin crust with a rolling pin.
I baked this pizza on some parchment paper, but if you don’t have any, you can use a regular baking dish.
Caramelized onion pizza
- For the dough:
200 g of all-purpose flour
1 tsp of salt
100 ml of warm water
10 g of active dry yeast
2 tbsp of warm water
1/2 tsp of sugar
1 + 1/2 tbsp of olive oil
- For the topping:
1 large onion
1 tsp of sugar
2 tbsp of olive oil
Salt and pepper
45 ml of white wine
½ tbsp of rosemary
200 g of mushrooms
2 tbsp of balsamic vinegar
1 clove of garlic
200 g of vegan mozzarella
- Mix the active dry yeast and sugar with 2 tbsp of warm (not hot) water. Set aside for 5 minutes. In a deep bowl mix flour, salt, olive oil, the yeast and 100 ml of warm (not hot) water.
- Mix everything together, and when a dough begins to form start to knead with your hands. If it is too sticky, gradually add more flour. Knead until you get a smooth dough.
- Cover it and set it aside for about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the topping.
- Thinly slice the onion and tear the mushrooms apart. Heat the olive oil in a pan on medium heat. Add the onion and the sugar and cook it for about 3 minutes, until it softens. Add half of the wine you measured, salt and pepper. Cook until the wine has evaporated (about 5 minutes).
- Then add the rest of the wine and cook until the onions are caramelized (golden brown and soft). Add the mushrooms, garlic and rosemary to the pan. Cook for a few more minutes, remove from heat and add the balsamic vinegar. Cover with a lid and set it aside.
- Put the pizza dough on a well floured flat surface, or on a piece of parchment paper. Take a rolling pin and roll it out into a large flat circle. Brush the dough with some olive oil. Spread the baby spinach and the caramelized onion topping you just made evenly on top of the pizza crust. Grate the vegan mozzarella cheese and sprinkle on top of everything.
- Bake the pizza in the oven for 10 minutes on 250 degrees Celsius. I bake mine on a piece of parchment paper, but you can use a baking dish if you want.
If you liked this recipe, make sure you check out my other recipes like:
– vegan caramelized onion soup
Feel free to tell me what you think about this in the comments below, or send me the pictures of your own vegan caramelized onion pizza. If you did something differently, I would also like to hear that, I’d love to see the things you come up with.
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