Barbeque Caramelized Red Onion Pizza

ImageImageWhenever we are craving pizza, this recipe never fails to be a favorite. Often I try to make a variety of different pizzas; however, there never seems to be enough of this BBQ pizza.  It is always the first to go: in fact now my family requests that I make two of them just so we can have leftovers the next day.

Here is the recipe for our favorite pizza.

BBQ Caramelized Onion Pizza

Yields 8 slices

Ingredients

1 bag of pre-made pizza dough or a large pizza crust (store bought) *You can also make your own dough

1/2 c. of barbeque sauce

1/4 c. of ranch dressing

2 Tablespoons of olive oil

1 large red onion (chopped in thin rings)

1/2 c. of shredded Mozzarella cheese

1/2 c. of sharp cheddar cheese

1/4 c. of crumbled Gorgonzola cheese

Parsley (garnish)

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Directions

Preheat your oven to 350º.

In a small sauté pan heat up 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Once the oil is heated add the rings of onions. Cook the onions slowly over low heat until they caramelize (*don’t add salt until they are completely caramelized. The salt will draw out their liquid and natural sugars and prevent them from caramelizing.  Once the onions are done cooking remove them from the heat and set aside.

Roll out your pizza dough to a 1/4 inch thick and place on a cookie sheet or a pizza stone.  Spread barbeque sauce onto the dough, leaving a 1/4 inch boarder.  Then swirl in the ranch dressing on top of the barbecue sauce. Top the pizza with caramelized onions and cover with cheese.  Drizzle the pizza with remaining olive oil and black pepper and place in the oven for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown and the crust is crisp.

When the pizza is finished cooking, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 2-3 minutes.  Then, slice with a pizza cutter or knife.

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