Monday, September 12, 2011

Meatless Monday: Roasted Pepper & Onion Pizza

Do you know what I love about pizza? Well aside from the obvious reasons [cheese, crust, CHEESE]. It's the fact you can make a pizza with just about anything so long as you have a some form of crust and bountiful cheese [do you see a pattern here?]. Seeing as how pizza has been a recurring theme on this here blog, it should come as no surprise that I've created yet another pie of epic deliciousness, and literally with everything that was inside my refrigerator which somehow turned out to be vegetarian.

Really it all started with some green peppers that I bought at the farmers market and then forgot about, even though they had been sitting in plain sight for a whole week. Well it's not so much that I forgot about them, as that I had no time to cook, what with all the simultaneous car shopping and apartment hunting that was wreaking havoc on my life for a few weeks.

When I bought the peppers, I knew I wanted to roast the peppers over an open flame because:
a) I've seen it done a million times on TV and wanted to give it a try and
b) I wanted to recreate this tasty snack I had in Spain during la feria, consisting of roasted peppers, pork and bread.
But then reality in the form of "I have neither bread nor sliced, grilled pork" dawned upon me, and I decided put my peppers on a pizza instead. 

Roasting peppers stupid easy:
1. Put pepper directly on stove burner.
2. Set pepper on fire until it's  blackened on all sides.
3. Put pepper in a covered bowl or pot for ten minutes to "sweat" off skin.
4. Remove softened skin and ¡velado! delicious smokey roasted pepper.

Roasted Pepper & Onion Pizza

1 Giant Pita bread
1/2 cup fresh Parmesan Cheese
5 oz Goat Cheese
1/4 Vodka pasta sauce
2 Green Peppers, roasted and sliced
1/2 medium onion
1 Large tomato, sliced thickly
1 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
Smoked Sea Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Heat 1 Tbsp of olive oil in a heavy skillet on medium high heat. Add sliced onion, saute for about 20 minutes, until they become soft and pale. Reduce heat to low, add balsamic vinegar and stir onions to coat evenly. Saute another 10 minutes until onions are slightly sweet , then remove from heat and set aside.

Roast your peppers (see above) and set aside once done. Preheat oven to 400F.

One a baking sheet, using a pastry brush evenly coat one side of pita with olive oil . Flip pita over, olive oil side down. Then brush a 1 inch border of outer perimeter of pita with olive oil. Spread vodka sauce evenly inside crust border of pizza. Apply 1/2 portion of each cheese. Add tomato slices and peppers. Top with the remaining  cheese and caramelized onions. Finish off with smoked sea salt and black pepper. I prefer a heavy hand with the black pepper.

Place baking sheet on bottommost rack of oven, and roast for about 8 minutes, until cheese is melted and  is bubbling.

Eat your face off. Nom Nom


  1. love there anything better than caramelized onions?  i think not.  

  2. You had me until the caramelized onions...I guess it's an acquired taste!

  3. Okay, you and I share a love for pizza!  What needs to happen is... you need to come to Delaware for a pizza party, preferably involving pizza on the grill.  Then we should blog about it.  Okay?

    The photos are scrumptious, even if I don't like goat cheese!  :) 

    Vodka sauce on pizza?  Yum!  Did you see Pioneer Woman's show this past Saturday?  She made Penne Alla Vodka and it looked to yummy and easy that I'm making it for dinner tonight!  

  4. Now that I have a car that isn't likely to leave me stranded on 95, I'm all for a Delaware pizza party! And I took a photography class online, which I'll blog about soon, and I'm very excited at the improvements in my pictures :) [side bar, how can you not like goat cheese? I bet I can find one you would like :D]
    And about the vodka sauce, I wish I could say I was being purposely creative like that, but it's what I had in my fridge at the time, though it is really good on pizza. I keep forgetting to DVR Pioneer Woman's show, and now that I'm about to move, I have so much stuff to clear off my dvr. But I'm going to find time to watch her, because well, you know she's awesome!

  5. Perhaps the onions are an aquired taste, but they taste soooo good :p But I can always hold the onions for you my dear :)

  6. I don't think anything can top caramelized onions. I could eat them on toast alone with a glass of wine and be in heaven.

  7. I like homemade pizza and that you can pretty much do whatever you want. I dont think Ive ever had goat cheese. But the next time we have pizza I will try the roasted peppers on the stove and see how i like it

  8. You've got to try goat cheeze, it's tart and tangy and amazing! Whenever I make pizza at home, I just use what I have in the house, which is why it's so great!

  9. And now I just learned something else too- I have NEVER seen this method for roasting peppers!! I need to try it! I usually toast them in the broiler but then you need to keep turning them to get all sides. Genius I say. Genius.

  10. It's much easier to turn the peppers on the burner, and it takes less than 5 minutes, it's pure wonderment!

  11. oh, and you won the spanish apron giveaway. inbox me your address for your gift.



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