Friday, January 30, 2009

Getting the Super Bowl Munchies yet?

It has been a long time since I was really interested in the Super Bowl. In fact, the last time I remember watching it was when Janet Jackson had her "wardrobe malfunction". Wait...that was right before the hubby and I got married. Almost five years and two kids later and here we are.

I just asked the hubs if he remembered last year's Super Bowl and he said, "yeah, you made crab cakes and clam chowder". What a guy.

This year we aren't doing anything too exciting. In fact, I don't know exactly what I am going to do. But, I do plan on making these! I have made these for several get togethers and they are always a hit. Yes, you could use already prepared dough, but this comes together so easily and you have to carmelize the onions anyway so why not!

Mini Pizzas with Carmelized Onions and Goat Cheese
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
2 1/4 teaspoon (or one packet) dry yeast
1/2 tablespoon honey
2 cups all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading
olive oil
pizza sauce, marinara sauce, or tomato sauce
1 large yellow onion, cut in half and sliced thin
1 tablespoon sugar (optional)
5 oz goat cheese

Combine the water, yeast, honey and 1 tablespoon of olive oil in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook. When the yeast is dissolved, add 1 and 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon salt, and mix on medium-low speed. While mixing, add flour a tablespoon at a time, up to 1/2 cup, or just enough to make a soft dough. Knead the dough in the machine for about 10 minutes
Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead it for a few minutes.

Spray a medium bowl with cooking spray. Place the dough in the bowl, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise for about half an hour.

Meanwhile, carmelize your onions.

Place about 2 teaspoons of oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the onions, salt, pepper, and 1 tablespoon sugar (optional). Let onions cook, stirring occassionally, for about 30-35 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees. (Be sure your oven is clean!)

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and cut the dough in half. Stretch each half into about a 10 inch circle. Using a small (2 inch) biscuit cutter, cut the dough into small circles.

Place the circles onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Top each with your tomato sauce of choice (I used pasta sauce), carmelized onions, and goat cheese.

Pop in the oven for about 8 minutes or until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted.

Remove to a serving tray and enjoy!


Kendra said...

Oh yum....I'm all about some carmelized onions :)

Reeni♥ said...

Those look delicious!! I love caramelized onions! I don't really care about the Superbowl, I'm only interested in the yummy food!!

5 Star Foodie said...

These mini-pizzas look delicious with caramelized onions!

The Food Hunter said...

caramelized onions and goat cheese is a great combination. these look great.

Candy Girl said...

Love carmelized onions. Love goat cheese. I will definately be trying these. Thanks!

Sophie said...

Caramelized onions--an ideal topping for these tasty bite-size pizzas. What a treat!

lalaine said...

What do you know! We were both kneading the same type of pizza on Super Bowl Sunday. I guess great minds think alike, hahaha! I like your addition of marinara sauce though, held the toppings together.