More about Pizza… Toppings that is!Posted: March 8, 2011
A few weeks ago I posted about techniques for making great pizza at home. You can see that post by clicking here. Since then one question keeps coming up “What are your favorite pizza toppings?” As I mentioned in my original post, the great thing about pizza is that you can be creative and have fun with lots of different topping combinations. But since you asked, here is a topping combination that I think is out of this world! I have made this for friends on many occasions, and it is always a crowd pleaser. I always hide a slice for myself when it comes out of the oven, because this pizza is gone in a blink.
The trick to this topping combinations greatness, is a mix of both sweet and savory elements.
- Caramelized Onions – Sweetened with a little brown sugar – The way Mom does it!
- Pepperoni – Everyone loves pepperoni
- Sliced Black Olives – There is a love hate relationship here for most people
- Chopped Garlic – Enough said!
The spicyness of the pepperoni, the saltyness of the black olives combined with the sweetness of the caramelized onions… Can you say, party in your mouth! Top that with some garlicy goodness and you have an absolute winning combination in terms of pizza toppings. The video below shows a good demonstration of how I top a pizza. Once you try it, make sure to let me know what you think.
Sweet Caramelized Onions –
1 Medium Yellow Onion sliced
3 Tbs Brown Sugar
1 Tbs Olive Oil
½ tsp Salt
In a frying pan add your oil and heat over medium heat. Once the oil is hot, add your sliced onion to the pan. Let the onions cook for 4 – 5 minutes, until they become translucent. Add your salt, this will pull some of the liquid from the onions helping them to continue to cook down. Add the brown sugar and stir, coating all of the onions. Lower the heat from medium to low and be careful not to burn the onions at this point. Continue to cook the onions for about 7 – 10 more minutes over low heat. Watch them closely and continue to stir them every few minutes. You want the onions to be completely cooked down (See the picture below). Remove the pan from the heat and let them cool to a temperature that will allow you to handle them without burning yourself while placing them on your pizza.