As some of you know, my hubby is allergic to onions. I myself hated onions growing up-couldn’t stand them. Onions were just starting to taste good, and I enjoyed cooking with them. Then….
…I met the man whom nary an onion or his lips shall meet. For almost 6 years now I have cooked without onions. I love going out to eat, cause I can get an onion fix. Hubs has told me all along that he didn’t want me to give them up and if I wanted to cook with them I could. The past year, I have allowed myself that luxury every so often (esp at Thanksgiving and making dressing). A few weeks ago, I got a co-op basket that had 4 onions in it, and then the next one I got 2 weeks after that had 2 leeks in it. Normally, I give these items away, but I held on to them, ’cause I love leeks.
What could I do with them, and the first thing that popped in my mind was to caramelize the onions and leeks..and then pizza.
So, I set about caramelizing them. At lunch…during the week…cause my hubs wasn’t home. Oh, the smell was glorious! Boy did I work to get the smell out of the house before he got home.
Once the onions and leeks started to caramelize, I threw in some spinach…if I had mushrooms, they would have made their way on the pizza, too. I used 3 types of cheese, as that is what I had in the house. Instead of sauce, I laid 4 slices of Provolone down before the toppings.
Caramelized Onion and Leek Pizza
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp butter
1 cup spinach + 1/4 cup
Clean and thinly slice leeks. Slice onions. On medium-high heat melt butter and add olive oil. Add leeks and onions-cook for 20-30 minutes. Stir occasionally. Just before taking off heat, add 1 cup spinach to wilt.
Preheat oven to 425. Roll out your pizza crust, prick with a fork and brush with olive oil. Put in the oven for 5 minutes. Pull it out, place provolone down first, top with onion, leek, spinach mixture. Sprinkle with oregano. Add fresh spinach, sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
Bake for 10-15 minutes.