Caramelized Onion and Kale Pizza

I’ve failed miserably at making caramel so I’ve kept my distance from attempting caramelized onions.  I mean, they both have the word caramel in them and involve a similar process, so I had every good reason to be intimidated.  After I read a tutorial on Rufus’ Food and Spirits Guide I knew I had to try them soon.

Because I’ve been obsessed with making homemade pizza lately, I figured I’d throw them on a pizza.  After this discovery, I believe every pizza should have caramelized onions on them.

The (No-Rise) Crust:
-1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/4 tsp yeast)
-1 teaspoon white sugar
-1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
-2 1/2 cups flour- I used white whole wheat
-2 tablespoons olive oil
-1 teaspoon salt

Legendary White Sauce:
-1 Cup Whole Milk
-2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter
-2 Tablespoons All-Purpose Flour
-Salt and Pepper to Taste
-1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder

Toppings:
-1 Cup Cheese (Freshly Grated Mozzarella is best)
-Caramelized Onions
-6 Cherry or Grape Tomatoes, cut in half
-1/2 Cup Chopped Kale

Preheat oven to 450F.  In a bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water (about 110F.)  Let stand 10 minutes until frothy.  Add flour, salt, and olive oil.  Allow to rest while making the sauce.

Gently heat butter and milk to simmering in a small saucepan.  Add flour and whisk constantly until smooth.  Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  Do not allow flour to darken in color (again:  whisk constantly!) Cook until sauce thickens, about 7-10 minutes.

Roll or toss dough into a thin round. Place on an oiled baking sheet with cornmeal if available.

Spread a thin layer of sauce over the dough, leaving room for crust.  Put down cheese, onions, tomatoes, and kale.  Bake for 12-15 minutes until crust begins to turn golden on the edges and cheese is hot and bubbly.  Allow to cool for five minutes before serving.  Enjoy!



7 thoughts on “Caramelized Onion and Kale Pizza

  1. thecompletecookbook

    06 Jan on 2012 at 6:34 am

    I have never made a white sauce for a pizza topping before – sounds very interesting. :-) Mandy

  2. sportsglutton

    06 Jan on 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Great introduction of kale into pizza…something I might not have ever done.

  3. Kay aka Babygirl

    07 Jan on 2012 at 12:21 am

    Greg and Katherine always have something wonderful on their blog.. and you have done an amazing job with this recipe. Oh that slice of pizza look sooo good.

  4. Sawsan@ Chef in disguise

    08 Jan on 2012 at 2:55 pm

    That is one interesting pizza..I loved Greg’s tutorial too and love all the flavors you used in your pizza..I must try caramelized onions on pizza soon

  5. Just A Smidgen

    09 Jan on 2012 at 1:01 am

    Sounds like your caramelized onions were a success… and now you’ve got to put them on everything;) They’re a real favorite of mine and would be perfect on this pizza! This is quite a different recipe, I’ve never seen a white sauce used..