Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Tuesdays with Dorie - Pizza with Onion Confit


Today´s recipe for the Tuesdays with Julia group is Pizza with Onion Confit.




The recipe for the Pizza with Onion Confit is by contributing baker Steve Sullivan. It calls for the preparation of an easy and wonderful pizza dough with the usual ingredients such as yeast, some good quality olive oil, flour, and salt – enough for two pizzas. The second element of this pizza with a tomato-free topping is an onion confit, a delightful, slow-cooked mix of onions (any will do but red onions give the nicest color and the sweetest taste), butter, pepper, sea salt, some sugar (you could also use brown sugar) as well as fresh thyme (from the garden), aged balsamic vinegar (you could also use red wine or sherry vinegar) and a good cup and a half of red wine (Merlot in my case).

When ingredients are cooked slowly, they naturally become sweeter, richer and more complex. And the onions are no exception – after about an hour they cook down to a sweet and utterly delicious extremely versatile topping.




The mouth-watering, sweet caramelized onions or “confit d´oignons”  can be used for many different dishes. Make some more confit and keep it in the fridge to add to different tarts such as the famous “pissaladière” or a “tarte flambée”. Add some confit to an onion soup, or use it as a topping for steaks, or as an ingredient in dips.




To make the already delicious Pizza with Onion Confit even more wonderful, I added a few finishing touches to the onion topping after the steaming Pizzas had emerged from the oven. I started with quartering ripe purple figs




….and added some wonderful sharp fresh watercress….




…and finally, some mild goat cheese.




I chose to serve the Pizzas as an appetizer to an Italian meal and everyone was utterly delighted with the way the Pizzas looked and tasted.

One absolutely terrific recipe and a real winner at our house (all the kids included)!




To see the other Pizzas with Onion Confit prepared by all the other enthusiastic members of the Tuesday with Dorie group, please do click here.

The recipe can be found at Paul´s delightful blog The Boy Can Bake - "Thank you" so much for being such a wonderful host, Paul!






41 comments:

  1. It looks gorgeous Andrea, and figs are such a great idea! I didn´t care much for the dough but love anything with caramelized onions.

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    1. Paula, thanks so much for the nice comment - we really did enjoy this Pizza with the Onion Confit and we really liked the added toppings - made the Pizza look special and tasted wonderful too! We will have more of these Pizzas in the future!

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  2. The figs look delicious - what a wonderful idea! Absolutely gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you very much - figs do really seem to be a nice combination with the onion confit, the fresh watercress and the soft goat cheeese.

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  3. We made similar pizzas! So jealous you have fresh figs. Your photos are beautiful. We liked this one a lot.

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    1. Thanks, Cathleen - how wonderful that you came up with a similar topping for the pizza.

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  4. Absolutely beautiful! I don't like onions, but this confit is so pretty! It certainly makes for a very striking pizza. And I love the look of those figs, especially with the goat cheese. Lovely presentation for this meal!

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    1. Sara, thanks so much for the lovely comment - this deep burgundy colored confit certainly looks very impressive and it makes for quite a nice presentation all by itself but after serving these pizzas, I believe that it tastes even better with the additional toppings.

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  5. Your pizza is beautiful and I'm sure it tasted as great as it looks. Terrific idea to add figs, etc. I felt like I just did this to get it done, but I'm getting great ideas for making this pizza work better for my family...and your idea is great!

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    1. Krissy, the pizza tasted wonderful - thanks to a terrific basic recipe and a few additional toppings that consist of some of our very favorite things to eat - we really like goat cheese when paired with fresh figs and some sharp and delicious watercress salad, so I just added them to the pizzas and the combination turned out well.

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  6. Fabulous pics! Your pizza looks sensational! Love the figs on the pizza. Almost looks to pretty to eat. :o)

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    1. Thanks so much - the figs were a really nice addition - a welcome change to the usual presentation of pizza.

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  7. "Almost" too pretty to eat...

    Carmen
    http://bakingismyzen.wordpress.com

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    1. Carmen, thank you for visting my blog and for the lovely comment!

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  8. Love, love your photos, Andrea. They just make my mouth water and I want to eat some slices right now. Watercress and figs sound delicious with the onion confit and they certainly look beautiful.

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    1. Elaine, the water cress can be a litle hard to find but a while ago I found a store that carries it whenever it is in season - we love the taste and the way it looks together with the figs, the cheese and onion confit on this pizza.

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  9. I agree with everyone, the figs look beautiful and you have taken breast photos.

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    1. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and welcome to TwD.

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  10. That pizza looks amazing -- great choice for the toppings.

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    1. Chris, thanks for visiting my blog and for the lovely comment!

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  11. Oh my goodness - that is simply beautiful!!! What fantastic flavors and ingredients :)
    Mary x

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    1. Mary, a big fat thanks for your wonderful comment!

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  12. Your pizza is beautiful! I love fresh figs and goat cheese. I will have to keep this combo in mind for next time.

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    1. Even the kids loved this combo - so I am sure that your boys will like it as well. Although goat cheese is not always a cheese kids eat, they enjoyed it together with the sweet onion confit and figs.

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  13. This is just gorgeous, Andrea!!! I haven’t made this pizza yet…I have been debating about making it because my husband doesn’t eat onions! The figs are a perfect topping!

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    1. Kathy, although your husband is not too crazy about the onions, maybe these sweet caramelized onions will change his mind. I am always amazed at how much the whole family enjoys them with so many different dishes such as baked potatoes, Spätzle and soup, for example. You might also be surprised about how well this Pizza is received.

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  14. Wow - Andrea. The figs and greens add such a lovely touch to this pizza. If this was the appetizer, I am very curious as to what the rest of the meal was. I am sure it was superb!

    "See you" Friday.

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    1. Cher, ah, the rest of the meal was pasta and loads of other little Italian tidbits. Mediterranean inspired meals always seem to please the whole family.
      Looking forward to the "Slow-Cooked Apples" on Friday!

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  15. Andrea, your posts are always inspiring, with beautiful photography and delicious food. The figs look very inviting, and are perfect alongside the goat cheese.

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    1. Inge and Gillian: thanks for the lovely comment - figs are always a special treat and they were delicious on the pizza with the onion confit.

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  16. Three thumbs up, for a scrumptious pizza.

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    1. Frédéric, thanks so much for your comment - glad you liked the Pizza with Onion Confit, it certainly was deliciously different from the usual pizza that we eat.

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  17. I have fig envy! I keep saying I'm going to get back into TwD but I never make it. This recipe is added to my list of things to try. Yours looks gorgeous as usual.

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    1. Guyla, there are the fresh figs again. Actaully I had no idea that I could get fresh figs in January, my fruit monger told me that there are from Brazil. And they were actually quite good, even at this time of year.

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  18. I find it so interesting to see how everyone can take the same basic recipe and make it their own. Your topping were perfect for the sweetness of the onion....peppery, salty and sweet. Absolutely beautiful. Karen

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    1. Karen, thanks so much - the toppings were delicious, the combination really worked and guests and family were so very happy - what could be better. And it never ceases to amaze me how many different variations/results one single recipe can inspire.

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  19. The fogs on top look so pretty. I really enjoyed the confit.

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    1. This was really a terrific recipe and we did enjoy this Pizza with Onion Confit with all the additional toppings.

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  20. Your post makes me really sorry that I skipped the pizza. The onion confit sounds amazing, and a pizza with figs and goat cheese is so appealing. What a wonderful meal. I will have to make this soon.

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    1. Betsy, thanks so much - I would definitely say "give it a try" with those toppings - it tasted terrific.

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