Pizza was always a controversial subject when I was a kid. Everybody liked different toppings and I didn’t like my cheese to brown on top (weird, I know,) so we started making our own pizzas. My parents still make the best pizza ever and it is always a hit with guests. I still make my own pizza, but I like to vary things a bit. Sometimes it is a simple tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni and veggie pizza like my parents make. Now that Z is helping me in the kitchen more, I like to create projects that are easy, fun to make and delicious. Decorating pita bread pizzas is always fun and give us the opportunity to experiment with different flavor combinations. Prosciutto, broccoli and garlic? Yes, please! Refried beans, monterey jack cheese and salsa? Of course! But my new favorite is French Onion Pita Pizza.
If you are a fan of caramelized onions, you probably learned to make large batches. It takes just about as much effort to caramelize 2 onions as it takes to caramelize 6, and they hold up well in the freezer. And if you haven’t tried it yet, you really need to try out my Lazy Slow Cooker Caramelized Onion recipe. It rocks. Yes, you can prep onions just to make this pizza, but I always pull them from my fridge or freezer stash. With that done, it only takes a few minutes to assemble these pizzas. The only time consuming part could be roasting the garlic, but you can rush that too if needed using this tutorial from The Kitchn, but consider making large amounts to keep in your freezer.
The proportions for toppings are based on using pocketless pitas because they are easier to find in stores than fresh pita with pockets and because they are sturdier and usually work more consistently for me. Pocketless pitas are thick enough that they get crispy by the time the cheese starts to melt. Pocket pitas don’t lie flat, making them hard to bake. Cut in half, they start to burn before the cheese is fully melted and browned. Balance is important in pizza – I want every bite to have a little bit of the good stuff. That’s why I chop up the caramelized onions, it makes them easier to spread out on the pizza and it is easier to eat. Note that the recipe is based on 1 pita pizza, because it can make a quick dinner for 1 when you have all of your ingredients ready. I am estimating about 2 cloves of roasted garlic per pita pizza, but you just need enough to smear across the surface of your pita. Also, I was excited to discover that Aldi round block of Gouda that are are decent quality and half the price of what you find at other grocery stores. One 7 oz wax-wrapped chunk gave me enough shredded cheese to make 4 pita pizzas.
By the way – this recipe is the result of much kitchen dancing to “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars. Not my style, but Z has been table dancing and swinging around the kitchen with us. Seriously, this is great family dancing music. I don’t think there is anything better than dancing around the kitchen with your family, followed by homemade pizza.
|French Onion Pita Pizza|| |
- 1 pocketless pita
- 2 cloves roasted garlic
- ½ cup shredded gouda
- ¼ cup caramelized onions
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Smear garlic cloves into the top of the pita.
- Spread cheese evenly across the top of the pita.
- Evenly distribute the onions over the cheese.
- Sprinkle with thyme leaves.
- Bake 9-10 minutes, or until cheese begins to brown.
- Serve hot.