walnut, gorgonzola and caramelized onion pizza

I tried to come up with a more clever name for this amazing Monday night surprise, but knowing that few could resist such an alluring combination, decided to tempt away. I came home at 8 p.m.  to the fruits of Mark’s unlikely domestic day: fresh pizza dough and israeli couscous salad for tomorrow’s lunch. Not to mention the new 15$ box of wine sitting in my cupboard, happily plump.

Even when it comes to life’s finer things, sometimes I’m not afraid to admit to a cheap streak. Drinking wine with pizza on a cold and rainy Monday night would otherwise seem too indulgent. That’s the short story of how boxed wine became my best friend.

Let me walk you through this creation we’re just on the brink of perfecting. The first time we made it we used too few onions, and our blue cheese wasn’t blue enough. Add our too-toasty walnuts to the mix and we had ourselves a disappointment. But I wasn’t prepared to give up on such robust ingredients, waiting there as if to beg me to bring them to justice.

This time we ramped up the caramelized onions, spreading them thick and sweetly gooey over olive-oil brushed dough rounds. (Next time I’d do even more than the picture shows!)

Then we added the walnuts, in chunks big enough to be surprising but small enough to blend in. If you’ve never had nuts on a pizza, you’re in for a treat. Pine nuts could work well here, too.

After about 7 minutes in a firey hot oven, we dotted them with cubes of perfect gorgonzola, and placed them back in the oven 5 more minutes.

The result? A crisp, yet chewy pizza dough (we used this month’s Bon Appetit recipe because of its large, freezeable yield), teeming with flavors that almost seem to good to be hanging out together on a pizza. I almost felt guilty finishing mine, but then I remembered how stressed I am, and how food tends to make medium-sized sorrows turn to extra-large joys.

Even if for only 30 sweet, candle-lit minutes.

Walnut, Gorgonzola, and Caramelized Onion Pizza

one prepared, rolled-out round of your favorite pizza dough. This one’s easy, and so is this.

olive oil

4 medium-sized white onions, sliced

1/2 tsp salt

a good-sized piece of gorgonzola or blue cheese of your liking. (The former melts better.)

fresh, shelled walnuts, coarsely chopped

Parmesan cheese

  1. Make your dough and roll it out into the sizes of pizzas you would like. Dust one side with cornmeal or semolina flour and flip onto a baking sheet, cornmeal-side down. Preheat the oven to 450.
  2. Sautee the onions in a little bit of butter or olive oil and 1/2 tsp of salt over medium heat until they have begun to brown. It will probably take about 15 minutes for them to get nice and sweet.
  3. When the onions are finished, brush olive oil on each pizza and spread the onions overtop.
  4. Sprinkle the walnuts on top of the onions, and bake for 7 minutes on middle racks. If you have a pizza stone, you can slide the pizza from a pizza peel/rimless baking sheet right onto the stone to be baked. It just makes removal difficult if you don’t have a pizza peel.
  5. Remove from oven, add crumbled gorgonzola cheese and return to the oven for 5 minutes, or until cheese has melted and before walnuts begin to blacken.
  6. Remove, cool slightly, cut, and serve with fresh cracked pepper.
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11 responses to “walnut, gorgonzola and caramelized onion pizza

  1. I,m makin those things for the kids later.(who am I kidding, there for me!)Thanks jen for another great idea. PS, could you post any more photos of Israel/food, it looked beautiful. Thanks,your fellow foodie, John(Liverpool)

  2. This looks amazing. I was telling Jon about making pizza in 1986 with you. I think this recipe is a perfect inspiration to start our own pizza night tradition.

    • Hm, maybe you need to leave it in a little longer? Or turn on the broiler for a minute or two? We just baked ours until the cheese melted. It could have also been the kind of cheese you chose, or how large your chunks were.

  3. where does the parmesan cheese go? Just as a topping or is it on the pizza somewhere that I’m missing in the cooking instructions?

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