Friday, 27 March 2009

Caramelised Onion and Potato pizza

A few years ago on here I mentioned the deli down the road made an absolutely delicious caramelised onion and potato pizza and that I was going to attempt to replicate it. Well I forgot to mention on here how successful it actually was and it has been something I like to make from time to time. It's easy peasy too and very very delicious.

I won't give specific amounts though as it really depends on the size of your pizza bases. I buy my bases from the deli down the road as they make them beautifully and just how I like them: thin and crispy. Besides, I'm lazy and will cut corners when I can as long as it doesn't affect the outcome of the pizza. So if you have a good recipe base go for it and make your own. Whatever rocks your boat really.

Ingredients:

1 can of finely chopped tomatoes
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon tomato paste
herbs - I just use an Italian herb mix
2 medium size pizza bases (I buy three as I always make a different sort - vegetarian with loads of veggies and feta cheese and semi dried tomatoes)
2 small potatoes - peeled and finely sliced
equivalent amount of finely sliced sweet potato..well I like to have more sweet potato.
1 very large brown onion ... or two to three medium sized ones..finely sliced.
Garlic Aioli
Shredded pizza cheese - tasty, parmesan and mozarella all together.

For the sauce:
Use about half the can of tomatoes, finally mince the garlic and mix it all in together. It's probably more than you need. Actually it definitely is..so store the rest for later use.

The toppings and the How To:
Caramelise the onion slowly in some olive oil in a good heavy saucepoon over a low to medium heat until nice and rich and brown. I don't make it ultra caramelised though...just well on it's way if that makes sense.

Cook your potatoes gently in the microwave for a few minutes. Drain.

Spread some sauce over yer bases as thin or thick as you like it. Grab some dollops of aoili and then smooth that around the base too. Top with layers of the sliced potato and top with the onion. Sprinkle with cheese and cook on a pizza tray in a hot oven.

mmmmmmm :-D

My husband who is traditionally a meat pizza lover thinks this is the best pizza he has ever had!

8 comments:

Dina said...

I'm so happy to see a post from you!!!

That's awesome that you were able to replicate something from a restaurant.

Tim made pizza last night. I LOVE his pizza. In Hawaii, we'll have to do a pizza night.

The Digital Narrative said...

YUM!

traceyleigh said...

Dina, you have mentioned his pizza and how great it is..I'm very intrigued! What does he put on as his toppings? And yes, pizza night for sure. Along with a curry night!

Digital Narrative..thankyou!

myrope said...

This sounds amazing. Thanks for sharing...
Have you tried it with sweet potato? Sweet potato has become just about our favourite pizza topping around here.

traceyleigh said...

Hi Myrope

The recicpe does include sweet potato. It's probably the silly way I write things out but it's directly after the potato. Sweet potato is what makes the pizza so yummy!

Michelle said...

Oh yummy! I am going to make this very soon.

x

Gun-bae!!! said...

Wow! That sounds like a great pizza recipe! Dina won't like the aoili part...but I'll probably try it soon. I loved the potatoes and onions grilled...haven't replicated that yet but now it's grill (barbie) season in America so I shall try.

My recipe for pizza is pretty straight forward. I do make my own pizza crust not because I'm so gourmet, but because it really is easy to do and you can flavor...I mean...flavour the crust with herbs, cheese, etc.

In the US we're used to tomato sauce vs. chopped tomatoes...this took some getting used to.

Anyway, here's a recipe for pizza dough:

3 cups of AP flour
7 grams - active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
1 tablespoon honey (or sugar)
1 cup water (45c)- this is important as you need to have the right temp to get the dough to rise.

I proof the yeast in the water and honey for about 5mins. then add the dry ingredients until the dough becomes tacky to the touch.

Sometimes the dough becomes too sticky (so I add a little more flour) or too dense (I'll add more water)...this should give you a nice ball of dough...which I let rest for about 15 min (although you don't need to). - you can add herbs to the mix or cheese (I've added hard cheese like parmigiana...and even cheddar.

I then shape the dough into two pizzas (you can split it into four pieces to get individual sizes) and par bake the dough for about 5-8min in an oven (grill works too) at 500 degrees F (260c).

Add your ingredients then back in the hot oven until cheese is bubbly and brown (about 4-8mins more - depending on the oven).

Now, I'm looking forward to eating pizza in Hawaii!!

traceyleigh said...

Tim that does sound like a good pizza base recipe. I like the concept of having honey in the mix. I shall definitely try it.

You could do the potatoe and onion pizza without the aioli easily..just add some garlic to your tomato base.

I've only recently been using chopped tinned tomatoes as a base. I used to use tomato pizza sauce all the time, but I like the lightness that the tinned tomatoes brings to the pizza.

ps..those veggies I did for the wraps were just done in the oven..roasted with some olive oil drizzled over. You could grill them too though and will get the same result I imagine.