Monday, May 05, 2008

Grow Your Own for May


So I decided to participate in the "Grow Your Own" blog event this month after reading about it on the "Is My Blog Burning?" blog. GYO is an event held each month where bloggers post recipes, photos, etc. of things they make using ingredients they grow. This month I decided to use our dinner from tonight, which incorporated some freshly grown thyme. Actually I had planned the dinner before I decided to join the blogging, so it just worked out right. I had some sweet yellow onions that needed to be used up, so there you have it.

So, here's the recipe and a few pictures to get your appetites going :)

Christi's Caramelized Onion & Goat Cheese Pizza

4 large sweet yellow onions
1 stick butter (1/2 cup)
2 tbsp olive oil
3 packets Splenda sweetener (if needed)
1 tsp salt
1 tsp (or to taste) fresh thyme leaves
8 oz crumbled goat cheese
1 premade pizza crust (we used a Boboli thin crust this time)

First, we caramelize the onions. Start with a large saute pan over medium high heat. To this add 1 stick of butter and 2 tbsp of olive oil. Now, to prep the onions. To do this, top and tail your onions, peeling off the outer dried layers. Then cut them pole to pole (from root to stem end). Now slice them into fairly thin (1/4 inch or so) slices. Separate the layers into half moon shaped pieces and add to the melted butter and oil in the pan. Allow the onions to cook, stirring occasionally, until they start to wilt down. Add the salt and, if your onions seem strong (ie. not sweet) add Splenda or a pinch of granulated sugar. Toss this through the onions and then allow them to cook, undisturbed, until you start to smell browning or see it in the pan. Don't worry that there is some fond developing on the bottom of the pan. Once you see this, stir the onions well, which will distribute the fond and clean the pan bottom. Do this three or four times, allowing the onions to cook undisturbed between stirrings. You want a caramelized color throughout the onions and for them to be very soft and almost sticky. They will form a sort of creamy sauce on themselves which is great for this pizza. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit and place your pizza crust onto a pizza pan (or preheat your pizza stone if using one). Add the fresh thyme to the caramelized onions at this point and stir to incorporate. You should smell a slightly thyme-like perfume, but it should not overwhelm the onions. Turn off the heat on the onions and spread about half the onions over your pizza crust. Sprinkle the goat cheese over top and slide into your preheated oven for 12-15 minutes or until the cheese gets golden brown and melted. Allow to cool for 6-8 minutes before cutting and serving. Freeze the remaining onions for your next batch!

So here is a picture of the onions after caramelizing but before use:

Caramelized onions

And here are a couple of shots of the completed pizza:


Close-up of pizza


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