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Not Your Parents' Pizza: Apple Gorgonzola Pit-zas / Caramelized Onion Spread

Gather your ingredients
Gather your ingredients
Francie Griffiith

Want something fast and easy for a change without a lot of mess?

Everybody loves pizza, but there is only so much tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese a girl can take, and sometimes you'd rather not wait for dough to rise, or perhaps you are not in the mood for garlic.

At home you can put almost anything on a pizza, that IS the rules, not the exception.

I am sure we agree that alternative toppings are sometimes a must.

In most pizzerias this would mean white pizza, but that means a lot of butter.

Adding sweet flavors make pizza more robust and exotic.

You always have the option of Hawaiian, if you are a meat eater.

I came up with this idea for a flat-bread pizza at a local hotel when I was searching ideas for a dinner special.

It turned out so delicious that I have made them regularly ever since!

In this version of white pizza I replace the garlic butter with sweet caramelized onions, instead of mozzarella I have chosen Gorgonzola crumbles, and to add more sweetness, apples.

Apple and Gorgonzola Pit-zas with Caramelized Onion Sauce

Ingredients:

1/4 C chopped, fresh cilantro

3/4 C thinly sliced, cored apples (you may leave the peelings on them for color)

3/4 C gorgonzola crumbles

1 C carmelized onion spread

(saute' 2 large, 1/4 inch diced, Vidalia or Spanish yellow onions with 2 T extra virgin olive oil until well browned and softened, add 2 T dark brown sugar, and 1/3 C water, 1/4 t sea salt and simmer until onions become very soft and mash into a spread or blend with a stick blender to rush, set aside until needed to build pit-zas)

4-6 pita or large flour tortillas

extra virgin olive oil

lemon wedges& more cilantro for garnish

Instructions:

Brush tortillas or pita on both sides with extra virgin olive oil.

Place onto pizza pan or pizza stone and spread each piece with caramelized onion spread.

Arrange apple slices over caramelized onion sauce, and sprinkle with Gorgonzola cheese

Garnish generously with 1/4 C of chopped, fresh cilantro

Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until cheese melts and apples begin to brown and soften slightly.

Serve with lemon wedges and top with extra chopped fresh cilantro.

Great as light fare, or to accompany a salad, or even as an appetizer!

Gather your ingredients
Gather your ingredients Francie Griffiith

Gather your ingredients

Careful to slice your apples thin enough that they cook quickly. No more than 1/4 inch thickness. Your cilantro may be any size chop, but fresh is key to full flavor so do not try to substitute dried herbs here. You may use a Stilton in place of the Gorgonzola if you like a creamier cheese or a sharper flavor.

Pits waiting to be pit-zas
Pits waiting to be pit-zas Francie Griffiith

Pits waiting to be pit-zas

I chose pita bread this time but this is equally as great on tortilla rounds. If you like a think crisp flatbread then you want to use four tortillas in place of the pita. Be sure to brush them with a little olive oil to add flavor, color and crispness.

I love my pizza stone for this but you can use any pizza pan or even an ordinary baking sheet.

Caramelized Onions in Training
Caramelized Onions in Training Francie Griffiith

Caramelized Onions in Training

This is your sauce for your flatbread so make it matter. Simmer these babies as long as you can stand to wait. When browning the onions get a good dark color before deglazing with the water for some nice dark caramel colors.

Mash or blend for a creamier texture to the spread.

You can also use this in place of mayo on sandwiches for a healthy alternative with a lot of flavor! Hint: tuck this recipe away for future use with another one I am posting soon. ;)