A lot of times my recipe ideas aren’t really recipe ideas but flavor combinations that I just can’t get out of my head. This recipe is a perfect example. For days, I couldn’t stop thinking about how I wanted to make something with caramelized onions, apples, and gorgonzola cheese. I didn’t care what the recipe turned out to be, but it had to include those ingredients.
As you have probably already figured out, after a few days of letting those ingredients marinate together in my mind, I finally settled on using them as toppings for a pizza. I already had some pizza dough in the fridge (I always make enough for two pizzas so that I have leftovers for another night!), so it was an easy lunch one day last week when both my husband and I really needed some tasty food to distract us from the mess in our basement (flooding… it’s not fun).
Balsamic Onion, Apple, and Gorgonzola Pizza
(Makes one large pizza)
- Dough for one large pizza, at room temperature
(1/2 of the recipe for my favorite pizza dough)
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 3 medium red onions, sliced
- 1 tablespoon Balsamic vinegar
- 1 green apple, cored and thinly sliced
- 2 ounces crumbled gorgonzola cheese
Preheat the oven to 450°F. Roll the pizza dough out onto a piece of parchment (or spread it out in a pizza pan or baking sheet if you don’t plan on baking it on a stone). Let the dough rest while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
Heat a heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and onions, and saute until the onions are tender and somewhat translucent. Reduce the heat slightly, add the Balsamic vinegar, and continue to cook the onions for an additional 10 – 15 minutes until they are beginning to caramelize (the Balsamic vinegar speeds this up a bit!) and are a rich reddish-brown color.
Spread the onions out over the prepared pizza dough. Arrange the apple slices on top of the onion layer and sprinkle with the gorgonzola cheese. Bake for about 14 – 15 minutes, until the cheese is slightly golden and the crust is done.