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Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Spinach Flatbread {Pizza}

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Signs it may be a Monday in the life of The Law Student’s Wife:

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Spinach Pizza

  • Became lost in the underground tunnels at work for a full 40 minutes. I’m still not sure how this happened. There are only two.
  • Chocolate consumption commenced at 9:53 a.m.
  • Fly was down for three hours and four meetings.
  • Rockin’ a look that screams Librarian-Gone-Workout Instructor: Bun accessorized with a wide elastic headband (Read: My hair was dirty and brewing coffee took priority over washing.)
I could bemoan the state of my hair, my poor sense of direction, and the universe for allowing Mondays to exist on principle. Instead, I’m choosing to believe that:
  • Getting lost is the best way to learn one’s way around.
  • It was a chocolate muffin, not a chocolate cupcake.
  • There are worse things than forgetting to zip your pants (such as forgetting to zip your pants the same day you run out of clean underwear.)
  • My bun says “Chic” not “You have late fees.”

I’m also choosing to believe in goat cheese.

Two minutes prior to this shot, I had a complete wheel
Sorry, you just missed it.
Nothing makes me feel sophisticated quite like a good hunk of cheese. Never mind that I’m inhaling it over my tiny kitchen counter, standing, and sporting sweatpants, house slippers, and that same librarian-esque bun. Despite my homely appearance, surely I have my act together if I can select such fine cheese.
And I can pair it perfectly with my $3.99 bottle of Trader Joe’s wine. You should see the label. Very artsy!
Seriously, I’m a sucker for labels. This one is also a regular in my vino rotation.
Ben is out of town tonight for an interview at the firm of Scott-Smith-Jones-Barney-VanDusen-Roper-Hartley-Snitch-Kalinowczski. Or something like that. I’m handling the temporary separation gastronomically. I fixed myself a delightful dinner that I find absolutely lovely, and Ben would find absolutely lacking in meat. Don’t believe Ben. This meal is fantastic. I should know…I polished off the entire thing!
I think Ben really would be jealous. Good thing I ate all the evidence!
Hello, CARAMELIZED ONION, SPINACH, AND GOAT CHEESE FLATBREAD. You can call it a pizza if you prefer. Flatbread just sounded classier, and if you can’t tell, it’s a very classy night here in my apartment.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to pour myself another glass of wine.
Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Spinach Flatbread
[a.k.a. Pizza]
Goat cheese, my goodness.
This pizza is a great one to have going in the background while you multi-task. The caramelized onions do take a while to prepare (about 40 minutes), but because they are largely unattended, you can focus on other things while the caramel magic happens. You can also prepare them up to a few days in advance and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to roll. The same is true of the pizza dough. Let it rise while you call your grandma, paint your nails, or re-organize your sock drawer. You know, the things we all do when we have a little extra time.

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Spinach Flatbread [Pizza]

Serving Size: 1, 12-in. pizza

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese, and Spinach Flatbread [Pizza]

Ingredients

  • 1/2 recipe 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (or your favorite pizza dough recipe) - enough to roll into one 12-in. circle
  • 3 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 T. olive oil, plus additional for drizzling
  • 1 T. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 3 c. spinach, lightly torn
  • 4 tsp. fresh basil, chopped or 2 tsp. dried
  • 2-3 oz. goat cheese

Directions

  1. Preheat oven (and pizza stone if using) to 500ºF. If you are not using a pizza stone, grease a large baking sheet and set aside.
  2. Place sliced onions in a medium skillet on medium heat. Cover and let cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are dry but not yet sticking to the pan, about 20 minutes. Add olive oil, then cover and reduce heat to low. Continue to cook, stirring infrequently, until onions turn a deep caramel brown, at least 20 minutes and up to 40 minutes more. Stir in balsamic vinegar, salt, and pepper. Turn off heat and add spinach, stirring gently until it begins to wilt.
  3. After dough has initially risen (through Step 4 if using 100% Whole Wheat Pizza Dough), place on a lightly floured surface and knead a few times. Shape into a ball, cover with a little flour, then let rest 20 minutes. Roll dough into a 12 in. circle (perfection is not a necessity here). Take your time. If the dough retreats (shrinks back to a smaller circle), just let it rest for a minute and then continue.
  4. Carefully place dough on preheated pizza stone or prepared baking sheet. Poke holes all over the surface to allow air to escape. Lightly brush or drizzle with olive oil. Bake for 6 minutes, then remove from oven. Top with caramelized onion mixture and dried basil. Crumble goat cheese over top.
  5. Bake an additional 5-6 minutes, until the crust is golden and the goat cheese has begun to brown. Remove pizza from stone or baking sheet. Slice and serve immediately.
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Author: Erin Clarke

I'm Erin, and I'm on a mission to cook everything that's tasty, {mostly} healthy, and budget-friendly—all while Mr. Right is in the library. I'm convinced that cheese and chocolate are the answer, that you can love sweets and veggies equally, and that delicious, satisfying food should be accessible to everyone. The recipes here are affordable, approachable, and delectable, and I can't wait to share them with you!

4 Comments

  1. YUMMY! I love anything with goat cheese!

    • Hi Elizabeth,
      If you love goat cheese, this is the pizza for you :-) I highly recommend purchasing more than the recipe calls for, then “disposing” of the extra (crackers + honey is probably my favorite method!) Enjoy and thanks so much for commenting.
      cheers,
      Erin

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