Cilantro Pesto and Caramelized Onion Pizza

It’s 52 degrees tonight! But it’s headed up to 90 this weekend, so it’s time to heat up the oven and make pizza while we can.

cilantro pesto caramelized onion pizza

The sauce is a Cilantro Pesto. It’s not just good on pizza, it’s great on black bean quesadillas, taco salads, sandwiches, and as a dip for jicama. All measurements are approximate, as long as you stick to the basic cilantro-cumin-onion-lime plan.

Basic Cilantro Pesto

1/4 of a white onion, cut into large chunks
1 clove garlic
1 bunch cilantro, stems and leaves (trim ends of stems)
1/2 tsp sea salt
1 tsp lime juice
1 tsp cumin
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
ground black pepper to taste

Directions:
Combine white onion, garlic, cilantro, salt, lime juice, cumin and pepper in a food processor until smooth. Drizzle in olive oil.

The Crust
My favorite pizza crust recipe
is from Fogazzo, a wood-fired over manufacturer. I don’t refrigerate my dough as the recipe indicates, I just leave it in a warm place for about 40 minutes, punch it down, then divide into 4 balls, and let rise for about an hour more. You can use King Arthur White Whole Wheat flour to add some fiber, and throw in garlic powder or other spices. This time I went with coarse black pepper and oregano. The above recipe makes four 12-inch thin crust pizzas. I bake them on a stone at 450 degrees.

The Onions
So simple: just slice a white onion (Vidalia would work too) into strips and sauté in a bit of Earth Balance until nicely caramelized. I like to slice my strips from the top of the onion to the bottom, rather than cutting the onion into rings. I think the onions turn out less “stringy” after they’re cooked. Salt and pepper to taste.

I also sprinkled about 2 tsp of nutritional yeast on top for a little cheesy flavor.

So long, final days of spring.

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