Pizza Party!

Happy Sunday to you! I hope everyone had as much fun as I did last night - it was hard not to have fun at a bar that looked like this:

Of course, this photo was taken before the massive Saturday night crowds took over. Yes, if you're in London and in the mood for a ridiculous night out, get to south london pacific. It serves the greatest tropical cocktails (as well as the best Dark and Stormy I've ever had. Truth).

It's been a nice lazy Sunday. Phil and I certainly didn't want to put too much effort into dinner. So we decided to keep it mellow and make our own pizzas. Ours were pretty much identical, except he used fresh mozzarella cheese on his and I used grated goat cheddar on mine.

We ended up doing a bit more than just throwing some toppings on the crust. Phil made the pizza sauce, and I caramelized the onions. Still, it was the perfect meal for the end of a great weekend!

Sun Dried Tomato and Caramelized Onion Pizza with Pine Nuts and Goat Cheese

We used ready-made spelt pizza crusts.

The particulars:

  • 1 spelt pizza crust
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • handful of pine nuts
  • 5 sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp black olives, pitted and sliced
  • 1 handful goat cheddar, grated
  • 1 tbsp fresh oregano
  • salt and pepper
  • red chili flakes (optional)
  1. Sweat the yellow onion in a frying pan with some olive oil, then add the garlic. Cook for a few minutes, then pour in the chopped tomatoes and tomato paste. Add salt and pepper, and the dried basil, and let simmer until thickened. (This is your pizza sauce)
  2. Cook the red onion in a small saucepan with some olive oil and cook until softened. Add the balsamic vinegar and dark brown sugar and cover, leaving to soak in and caramelize.
  3. Toast up the pine nuts in a dry small frying pan, being careful not to burn them.
  4. Spread the sauce on the pizza crust, and layer the toppings however you want, finishing with the grated cheese and the oregano.
  5. Put in a hot oven for 10-15 minutes and serve with some red chili flakes.

Lesson learned: I need to pick up some more of those pizza crusts, which takes the most difficult element of pizza-making out of the equation. The result was great - caramelized onions add sweetness without tasting out of place. Love it!